Player Profiles

(14) Nicolas Almagro

  • DOB: 21/08/1985
  • Nationality: ESP
  • Became Pro: 2003
  • Height: 1.83
Almagro - made quarter-finals last season.

Player Profile

To be frank, it will be a major surprise if Almagro is challenging at the business end of proceedings in Melbourne.

His best results have all come on slower clay - indeed all seven of his ATP career titles have all come on the surface.

Two of those came during a fine 2010 campaign, one which propelled him close to gaining a place in the world's top 10 for the first time.

That will now be the aim for the Spaniard, who last year made the fourth round here - the only time he has made the second week in six visits.

He'll do well to repeat that effort in 2011.

Ten-year Grand Slam History

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Australian Open -QF-R4R4R3R1R1R1R1
French Open -R4QFR1QFR3QFR2R2R2
Wimbledon -R3R3R3R1R3R2R1R1R1
US Open -R1R4R1R3R3R3R3R1R2

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Experts & Blogs

Barry Cowan

Formidable challenge

The hard work starts now for Andy Murray, says Barry Cowan, as the top four clash in Melbourne.

Tim Clement

Brits sent packing

Day one at the Australian Open and we have already lost the supporting cast, now it's over to Andy Murray.