Costa Do Sauipe: Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat Rui Machado of Portugal 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Brazil Open semi-finals.
Third-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci was bounced out 6-2, 6-1 by No. 5 Juan Ignacio Chela. Almagro will face Chela in the semi-finals of the clay court event.
He will be trying to repeat the title he won here in 2008. Almagro is bidding for his eighth ATP title, and seven of them have come on clay.