Sao Paulo: Nicolas Almagro of Spain extended the defence of his Brazil Open title to the quarterfinals by defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Thursday.
Almagro, the top seed, didn't allow a single break point to Hanescu in his victory at the Ibirapuera sporting complex. He had 12 aces and only one double fault in the second-round match which lasted more than two hours.
"I played well but I know that I can improve, I have confidence in my game," Almagro said. "Victor took advantage of his chances in the second set, but in general it was positive, I didn't have any break points against me."