Nicolas Almagro makes Copa Claro quarterfinals in Buenos Aires

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Spaniard Nicolas Almagro has won 12 career ATP titles, all on clay courts.

Spaniard Nicolas Almagro has won 12 career ATP titles, all on clay courts.

Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Federico Delbonis of Argentina picked up second-round victories on Thursday and are set to meet in the quarterfinals of the Copa Claro in the Argentine capital.

Second-seeded Almagro defeated Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 7-6 (5), 6-2. Delbonis won against Albert Montanes of Spain 6-1, 6-4.

Almagro struggled in the first set.

"It was not a very good match for me," he said. "The important thing is being in the quarterfinals again."

Almagro won this tournament two years ago and was the runner-up last year to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. This is his sixth appearance in the quarterfinals.

"It's always nice coming here," he said. "I feel really good and I feel loved by the people here. Six times in the quarterfinals says a lot, and a title, too."

Ferrer is the top seed again and played late Thursday against David Nalbandian of Argentina. No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka faced Daniel Gimeno-Traver, also in a late match.