Verdasco beats Almagro for Houston championship|
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Fernando Verdasco topped Nicolas Almagro in
the all-Spanish final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
The fourth-seeded Verdasco earned a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over the No. 3 seed
to claim his sixth career title and first since 2010. He also brought an end
to a six-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals.
"It's been a long time since I've won a singles title," Verdasco said. "It's a
very important day for me to win a tournament after a few years and after the
injury in my knee the last couple years."
Verdasco also moved to 7-3 lifetime against Almagro, who was last year's
Houston runner-up to American John Isner. Almagro fell to 12-9 in ATP finals.
He was essentially given a free pass into the final when American Sam Querrey
couldn't go due to a back injury in Saturday's semifinals.
Almagro had eight aces, but won only 54 percent of his first service points to
79 percent for Verdasco.
"He played a really good match today, and he's the winner," Almagro said. "It
was a battle today, and he was really concentrated on his serve. I had many
chances and I didn't [take them], and that's the key of the match."
04/13 18:47:38 ET