It’s “sweet No. 6” for Fernando Verdasco…
The 30-year-old Spanish tennis player, currently ranked No. 29 in the world, beat his fellow countryman Nicolas Almagro in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Sunday.
The victory marks Verdasco’s sixth ATP World Tour singles title and his first singles since April 2010.
With the win, Verdasco ends 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, seeded fourth in the Houston, Texas-based tournament..
Almagro had a walkover in the semifinals when American Sam Querrey pulled out due to a back injury.
Almagro, he tournament’s third-seed reached set point five times against Verdasco’s serve in the ninth game of second set, but couldn’t convert. He also up a mini-break in the tiebreaker before Verdasco rallied.
It’s the second second-place finish in the tournament for Almagro, who lost to John Isner last year.
To date, Almagro has won four of his six singles 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.