Double faults send Coria crashing
Coria won just six points in the second set as he crashed out in Barcelona.
BARCELONA, Spain -- Third seed Guillermo Coria double-faulted his way out of the Barcelona Open when he was hammered 6-2 6-0 by Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the third round.
The Argentine looked a shadow of the man who reached the French Open final in 2004. He produced 14 double faults and won just six points in the second set.
Coria, who served 23 double faults in one match in Monte Carlo last week, said he was working hard to fix his problems.
"I have had problems on my serve ever since my operation (August, 2004) and I know it is not back to where it was," the world number nine said.
"It is all about confidence. But I am working with (coach) Jose (Higueras) and I hope that in three or four weeks I will be playing at a high level again.
"The good thing is that if I am still winning matches when I am giving away so many gifts, then that shows my basic game is good."
In the quarterfinals, the 57th-ranked Almagro will face 10th seed Juan Carlos Ferrero after the Spaniard beat his compatriot Albert Costa 6-1 5-7 7-5.
Fifth seed David Ferrer was another Spaniard to exit when he was upended by Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6 6-2 6-1.
Wawrinka will next play big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who ended the run of Russian qualifier Evgeny Korolev 6-7 7-6 7-6.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal extended his winning streak on clay to 44 matches with a 6-4 6-2 win over Spanish qualifier Ivan Navarro Pastor.
However, Nadal's smooth progress was briefly interrupted when a female intruder handcuffed herself to the net post.
The young girl, wearing a white mask and a T-shirt campaigning for Catalan independence, ran on to the court when Nadal was leading 6-4 4-0.
After a brief delay, the girl was led away and Nadal eased to victory and a quarterfinal against Finn Jarkko Nieminen.
"It was bad for me because I was leading 4-0 and 0-30 and then I lost that game," Nadal said.
"But I don't like this -- I don't think it is very good for the whole tournament."
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