Johnson Beats Sandgren To Defend Houston Title
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.