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Spain's Verdasco wins U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship

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Houston, Apr 14 (EFE).- Spain's Fernando Verdasco defeated countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in the final of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.

Sunday's match was the first all-Spanish final in the 80-year history of the tournament.

The 30-year-old Verdasco, who saw his ranking rise from No. 29 to No. 26 in the ATP rankings released on Monday, had not won a title since 2010, when he won in San Jose.

Verdasco now has six career titles and has beaten Almagro seven of the 10 times they have played.

The title in Houston is the Spaniard's fourth on clay.

Verdasco had an extremely successful week at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, making the doubles final with partner David Marrero.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan beat Marrero and Verdasco 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 in Saturday's doubles final.

Verdasco is the fifth Spanish player to win in Houston, following in the footsteps of two-time champion Miguel Orantes, Jose Higueras and Marcel Granollers.

Almagro was a finalist for the second year in a row, having lost to American John Isner in 2013.

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