Found April 13, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
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 eleven games went to 30 or deuce on each player’s serve. Given Almagro’s commanding style to punish his opponents by running them around the court, Williams took the early initiative on most points in the first set, but his transition game and net play got over-powered by one of the best active players on clay. Leading up the match, Williams had spent nearly seven hours on court in Houston, while Almagro not even half of that. After his win yesterday, Williams admitted that his left quad and glut were sore and that he was near cramping. He wasn’t sure how his body would hold up in the semi today, but he played thro...

Almagro advances to US Men's Clay Court semis

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Isner wins US Men's Clay Court crown

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....

Isner Takes US Men’s Clay Court Championship

(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, [...]
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