Nicolas Almagro Sanchez rolle (born August 21, 1985 in Murcia, Spain) is a Spanish tennis player known for his flair, talent and inconsistency. He plays right-handed and uses a single-handed backhand. His favorite surface is clay. As of early 2007, Almagro is the second-youngest of the many Spanish players in the ATP Top 100 (after Rafael Nadal).
Almagro had been a highly rated junior for many years, and finally realised his potential in 2005. He played in the main draw of 3 out of 4 slams, and recorded his first victory over a top 10 player when he defeated Marat Safin 6-4 6-3 in Rome. Since then he has cemented his position within the top 100, but his results were still far from consistent.
Finally, in April 2006, Almagro won his maiden ATP tournament title - the Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana (Valencia, Spain). Almagro was forced to come through the qualification rounds just to make this event, but that did not stop him from winning 8 matches in a row including 3 set victories over former world #1's Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marat Safin.
Following this title, Almagro stated that he was pleased with where his tennis is taking him, and that he expects even bigger and better results in the near future.
After Valencia, Almagro went on an excellent run, reaching the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open before losing to Rafael Nadal, and followed that up by reaching the quarter finals in Rome, where he lost to Roger Federer in 3 tight sets - 7-5 in the 3rd.
He entered Roland Garros 2006 as the bookmakers 3rd favourite but suffered a disappointing 2nd round loss to James Blake. The remainder of 2006 was uninspiring for Almagro as he was away from his favoured clay surface. He did show signs of improving his hard court game by making a quarter final indoors in Lyon and he also won matches at the Masters Events in Cincinnati and Paris.
He won his second title on April 15, 2007 by defeating Potito Starace 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in Valencia for the second consecutive year. However, he lost in the first round of the French Open, in yet another disappointing lapse in form.
In 2008, Almagro won his 3rd title of his career in Costa Do Sauipe by defeating Carlos Moyà in a rollercoaster 3 set battle. Two weeks later, Almagro followed up that victory with yet another in Alcapulco, defeating David Nalbandian in the finals 6–1 7–6(1). With his 4th career title, Almagro rose to a career-best ranking of No. 21 in the world, winning 21 of 26 matches on clay thus far in the season. He is at a career-best ranking of No. 17 in the world following the Masters Series in Rome.
He achieved his best Grand Slam result in June by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2008 French Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal 1-6, 1-6, 1-6. During his run he beat Boris Pashanski, Sebastian Decoud, tenth seed Andy Murray of Great Britain and home-favourite Jeremy Chardy in straight sets.