John­son Beats Sand­gren To De­fend Hous­ton Ti­tle

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sixth seed Steve John­son beat Ten­nys Sand­gren 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4 to suc­cess­fully de­fend his ti­tle in an all-Amer­i­can fi­nal at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Cham­pi­onship in Hous­ton on Sun­day.

John­son broke eighth­seeded Sand­gren in the ninth game of the third set and then held serve to close out the match at the River Oaks Coun­try Club in two hours 22 min­utes.

With the win, world num­ber 51 John­son se­cured his third ATP Tour ti­tle and be­came the first re­peat win­ner of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Cham­pi­onship since Andy Rod­dick in 2001-2002.

Sand­gren, who was ap­pear­ing in the first ATP sin­gles fi­nal of his ca­reer, was ready for bat­tle as the Amer­i­cans each traded a break in a back-and-forth open­ing set that John­son ul­ti­mately claimed in a tiebreak.

John­son wob­bled at times dur­ing the sec­ond set as world num­ber 56 Sand­gren fought off each of the seven break points he faced and broke his op­po­nent in the sixth and eighth games to force a de­cider.

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