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MICHAEL A. LUTZ Associated Press Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain advanced to the U.S. Men's Clay Court semifinals Friday, using service breaks at the end of each set to beat Italy's Paolo Lorenzo 6-4, 6-4.
Almagro, ranked 12th in the world, will face Rhyne Williams, the American wild card who rallied from an 0-3 deficit in the third set to beat Spain's Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.
In the other quarterfinals, third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina faced American Robby Ginepri, and fifth-seeded John Isner of the United States was set to play Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis.
Almagro and Lorenzo stayed on serve in the first set until the final game, when Lorenzo double-faulted to start the game and lost it at the first break point when his drop shot fell short.
They traded breaks in the second set and Almagro went into the final game with a 5-4 lead. Almagro won at the first match point with a forehand winner that left his opponent flat-footed.
The 22-year-old Williams won a tight first set after sailing through a runaway tiebreaker, but he was victimized by his serve in the second set. He didn't rally until he held in the fourth game of the final set and broke Hidalgo at the third break point in the fifth game.
Williams held and broke Hidalgo again in the seventh game when Hidalgo hit consecutive double-faults to end the game. Hidalgo escaped two match points to hold his serve in the ninth game but Williams served a love final game, ending it with consecutive aces.
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Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat wild card Rhyne Williams of the United States 6-2, 6-1 to reach the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship final on Saturday.
John Isner of the United States will play third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina for the other spot in Sunday's final in Houston. Monaco, the defending champion, beat Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in last year's final...
Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain overcame a slow start to beat Gael Monfils of France 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday in the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships.
Second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany faced Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in a later second-round match.
Fourth-seeded Sam Querrey, the top ranked American at No. 20 in the world, withdrew before his...
From Nicolas Almagro's vantage point, there was nothing unusual about John Isner's serves on Sunday.
They were as difficult as always.
Isner had seven aces and won the battle of big serves with a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
''His serve was like normal and his serve today was tough for me,'' Almagro said....
Rhyne Williams in action at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Texas
April 13, 2013 – In a semifinal that was physically much closer than the scoreline indicated, world No. 12 and US Men’s Clay Court Championship No. 1 seed Nicolas Almagro defeated 22-year-old rising American Rhyne Williams, 6-2, 6-1.
But don’t be fooled by the skewed scoreline, as eight of the first...
(April 14, 2013) American John Isner defeated Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Sunday. The win gave Isner his first tournament victory of the 2013, his first clay court title and the sixth tournament title of his career. He hit a tournament record 64 aces, [...]