US Men's Clay Court Championship: Fernando Verdasco beats Nicolas Almagro in final
Last Updated: 14/04/14 12:55am
Fernando Verdasco: Ended a six-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals with Sunday's triumph
Fernando Verdasco ended a six-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals with a straight sets triumph over fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the US Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday.
The 30-year-old won 6-3 7-6 (7/4) in Houston to claim his sixth ATP World Tour title and first since 2010 in Barcelona.
The fourth seed won the first set with the only break, but last year's runner-up Almagro responded, surviving four break point chances as he opened up a 3-1 lead in the second set.
Verdasco battled back - although he had to survive a tense game at 4-5, fighting off five set points for Almagro - before he closed out the victory in the tie-break after one hour and 52 minutes on court.
The victory was the perfect response after Verdasco and David Marrero had lost 4-6 6-4 11-9 to twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in Saturday's doubles final.
"It's been a long time since I've won a singles title," said Verdasco.
"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."
"He played a really good match today, and he's the winner," Almagro said of Verdasco.
"It was a battle today, and he really concentrated on his serve. I had many chances and I didn't take them, and that's the key of the match."