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BARCELONA, April 22 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal eased past Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-1 to reach the Barcelona Open third round on Wednesday as he began his bid for a ninth title on the clay in the Catalan capital.
April 20 (Reuters) - Twice French Open champion Serena Williams said her struggle to beat Sara Errani in the Fed Cup on Sunday had been a real "eye-opener" as the claycourt season gets into full swing.
BARCELONA, April 20 (Reuters) - A red hot Novak Djokovic is being tipped to end Rafa Nadal's stranglehold at Roland Garros in June but the Spaniard dismissed the threat as being no different to those he has faced before.
ZIELONA GORA, POLAND, April 19 (Reuters) - Cramps, soreness and the fatigue which comes with playing no major singles match for eight years scuppered Martina Hingis's push for a romantic comeback victory in the Fed Cup on Sunday.
SOCHI, Russia, April 19 (Reuters) - Russia earned their chance to win a fifth Fed Cup title since 2004 when they reached the final after Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova triumphed in the doubles to complete a 3-2 victory over Germany.