US Men's Clay Court Championship: Fernando Verdasco beats Nicolas Almagro in final

Last Updated: 14/04/14 12:55am

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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 Sunday's triumph

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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."

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