Tennis: Verdasco, Almagro to meet in Houston final

Fourth seeded Fernando Verdasco beat Santiago Giraldo in straight sets to reach his first final of 2014, where an all-Spanish battle awaits.

Verdasco eased past Giraldo 6-4, 7-5 in the first semi-final match at the U.S. men's clay court championship.

Verdasco will try to earn his first title since 2010 against third seed Spanish compatriot Nicolas Almagro, who advanced when American Sam Querrey was cut down by a back injury.

Almagro lost in last year's Houston final to American John Isner.

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