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BARCELONA, Spain -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadals clay-court struggles worsened Friday as his 41-match winning streak at the Barcelona Open ended with a three-set loss to Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals. DAngelo Russell Nets Jersey . Nadal was looking for his ninth title in Barcelona but lost 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, a week after going out in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters to David Ferrer. Nadal, widely considered the greatest clay-court player of all time, hadnt lost in Barcelona since his debut as a 15-year-old in 2003, although he missed the tournament in 2010. He had not dropped a set here since the 2008 final. The 20th-ranked Almagro converted his second match point, smashing a forehand down the line for his first career victory over his fellow Spaniard on the 11th try. "I had a lot of opportunities in the second set," Nadal said. "I didnt take advantage of break points, so credit goes to him." After failing to convert any of his five break points in the second set, Nadal missed a return in the tiebreaker to give Almagro a 6-5 lead. Almagro followed up with a crosscourt forehand winner to level the match and end Nadals streak of 44 straight sets at the tournament. Both players were steady on serve until an exchange of breaks made it 4-4 in the third, and Nadal then sent a shot long to be broken again and give Almagro a chance to serve for the match. Nadal set up two straight chances to break back, but hit a forehand long and then sent a smash into the net with Almagro out of position. Nadal then saved the first match point when Almagros backhand flew wide. But Almagro used a serve-and-volley to save a third break point of the game before Nadals long return set up the second match point. Nadal hadnt been eliminated this early in back-to-back clay-court tournaments since 2004, when as an 18-year-old he also failed to get past the quarterfinals in Stuttgart and Bastad. "This is an important win for my career," said Almagro, who celebrated wildly. Almagro will face Santiago Giraldo in Saturdays semifinals after Philipp Kohlschreiber retired with an injury while trailing 6-4, 4-3. Earlier, Kei Nishikori of Japan and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia overpowered opponents to set up a semifinal meeting. The fourth-seeded Nishikori continued his good run since returning from a groin injury with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic of Croatia, while the ninth-seeded Gulbis dismissed Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-1, 6-4. Gulbis saved all five break points against Gabashvili, who had knocked out the fifth-ranked Ferrer. DAngelo Russell Black Jersey . The German has taken the pole for three straight races -- winning the first two. Hes aiming for a third consecutive win at the Yeongam circuit and, most importantly, a fourth consecutive F1 championship. Timofey Mozgov Swingman Jersey . They actually finished with a better record in ‘07 than they did in ‘06 but only marginally, going from 61 victories to 66.After a career in England with Charlton and Leeds, Lloyd Sam has established himself as one of MLS most dangerous wingers. Sam made the move to the Red Bulls in 2012 after his contract at Elland Road was not renewed by then manager Neil Warnock.Since then the England-born Ghanaian international has gone on to win two MLS Supporters Shields in 2013 and 2015, and is now hoping to go one step beyond and win the elusive MLS Cup this season. Ahead of New York Red Bulls trip to face New England this Friday - live on Sky Sports - we asked Sam 10 MLS-related questions to find more out about his American adventure...Hows life in America?Ive been here a while now, for four years, and it pretty much feels like home. Ive always been around American influences and American people, it wasnt hard.My brother went to an American university, so I would always come over. It would often be a holiday destination for me, too.What is it like playing alongside two Englishmen in Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips? Sam enjoys playing alongside fellow Englishman Bradley Wright-Phillips When Bradley came over we came from a similar area of south London and it felt like I was even more at home so its good having those guys. I already knew him and Shaun. Theyre very good guys and its good to have them here.Whats New York like as a soccer city? Sam feels the introduction of NYCFC has helped develop an exciting football atmosphere in New York In New York, Id still stay football is not one of the primary sports with all the other big sports weve got such as basketball and American football. But America as a whole, the sport is getting bigger and its catching up with the rest of the world in that way.In New York, the excitement when the two teams play is one of the main things that is different since theyve come in. The stadiums are full and theres a lot of excitement in the air when we play.How would you assess the first month of the season? A classy brace from Felipe saw New York Red Bulls come from behind to win 4-3 against Houston Dynamos Its been tough. Its not the start that we wanted to have, but we won our last game so hopefully we can get our season underway now with a few more wins.Weve got a tough game again on Friday [against New England]. Every team is very personal with us this season, after last year we did really well.We could tell that this was going to be a harder season so weve just got to be turning up to every game and be ready for the battle.How did the move from Leeds to the Red Bulls happpen? Sam was released by Leeds at the end of the 2011/2012 season I was at Leeds but I had just gone on loan to Notts County and I had a pretty good loan. DAngelo Russell Jersey. I went there, had 10 games and scored five goals.I was expecting to come back to the Championship somewhere, Leeds or somewhere else, I was waiting around for the right offer but it didnt come. Then the New York offer came in, so while I was contemplating things in England, I thought let me see what that is like.They told us to come out and see the place, I saw it and felt right, the rest is history because they had a very good team at the time and Im still here after four years.I never wouldve thought I would be saying that when I first left but Ive got no regrets with my decision.What was it like playing with Thierry Henry? Sam played with Thierry Henry at the Red Bulls That was definitely an experience. He still hadnt lost much, maybe a little bit of speed but his brain may have even been quicker.Hes a very intense guy to be around but it was definitely a fun experience. He would always be around you, his passes, his eyes were everywhere! It was fun to play with him. He had high standards for himself and everyone else. When he was around he just had a presence that hed want you to be on the top of your game whatever you do. Do you ever get starstruck by any of the other players in the league? Kaka is Orlando Citys captain When you have Thierry Henry as a team-mate I dont think you can get starstruck. But there are big players, Kaka was one who I thought OK, this is a player I rate highly. Differences between MLS and the Championship? Sam feels MLS matches the Championship for physicality I wouldnt say there are huge differences. MLS is a very physical league, the Championship is very physical too. Theres a lot of talented players over here and its not that different when I think about it now. Its not that different from the Championship, theres lots of very difficult games and every game anyone can win. Any lesser-known players in MLS viewers on Sky should be looking out for? Lee Nguyen is one of New Englands most dangerous players, according to Sam Every team has got decent players you have to watch out for.Were playing Friday against New England and Ill name one of their players and thats Lee Nguyen, hes a very good player.Hes in the national team now but hes one to watch out for. Collectively theyve got a decent team and people will be surprised [of their quality] if they watch more games.Would you like to finish your career in MLS?Why not? You never know what can happen, but if Im fit why not? Also See: Ronaldinho set for MLS or China DC United sign Mancini 10 MLS questions for Agudelo Beckham group buy stadium land Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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