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Verdasco ends losing streak with Houston win

ESPN staff
April 13, 2014

Fernando Verdasco won the US Men's Clay Court Championship on Sunday for his sixth ATP World Tour title and first since 2010, beating fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-3 7-6 (4).

The 30-year-old Verdasco ended a six-match losing streak in tournament finals. He also reached the doubles final and had been on the court six hours longer than Almagro going into the final.

"I'm so tired I don't know if I can talk so much," said Verdasco, the fourth seed.

Almagro had a walkover in the semi-finals when Sam Querrey pulled out because of back injury. The third-seeded Almagro reached set point five times against Verdasco's serve in the ninth game of second set, but could not convert. He also up a mini-break in the tiebreaker before Verdasco rallied.

Almagro also finished second last year, losing to John Isner. Almagro has won all 12 of his titles on clay.

"You are never happy when you lose a final," Almagro said. "I had my chances. But I credit Fernando."

On Saturday night in the doubles final, twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan beat Verdasco and David Marrero 4-6 6-4 11-9.

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