World No. 216 Brian Baker could not conjure a fairytale ending to his shock run at the Open de Nice, losing in the final to Nicolas Almagro.

7789 - Almagro shatters Baker's dream in Nice final

American qualifier Baker, who missed nearly six years of action due to injury before returning in July 2011, lost 6-3 6-2 in 69 minutes.

The victory means that Almagro has retained the title he also lifted last year - and he has done so without dropping a set all week, which bodes well for his chances at the French Open.

Almagro, the Spanish world No. 14, grabbed two breaks in each set on his way to a 12th ATP Tour title. He has also tasted success at the Brasil Open this year.