Rome Masters Nadal advances in Rome as Almagro quits

Almagro, a three-time French Open quarter-finalist - he lost all three to Nadal - was unable to continue after 24 minutes.

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Rafael Nadal (left) talks with Nicolas Almagro during their Rome Masters match on May 17, 2017 play

Rafael Nadal (left) talks with Nicolas Almagro during their Rome Masters match on May 17, 2017

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Rafael Nadal advanced to the Rome Masters third round on Wednesday as fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro was forced to retire with a left knee injury.

Almagro, a three-time French Open quarter-finalist - he lost all three to Nadal - was unable to continue after 24 minutes while trailing his compatriot 3-0 in the first set.