Almagro to battle Isner for Houston crown

Updated: April 13, 2013


Top seed Nicolas Almagro and fifth-seeded
American John Isner were semifinal winners Saturday and will meet for the
title at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Almagro cruised past American wild card Rhyne Williams by a 6-2, 6-1 margin in
just under one hour at River Oaks Country Club.

Up next for Almagro will be Isner, who took down defending champion Juan
Monaco 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. Monaco beat Isner in last year’s Houston finale.

Almagro is seeking his 13th career title, with all of his previous trophies
coming on clay. Meanwhile, Isner will try to claim his sixth title.

The 2013 Houston champ will collect $82,300. This marks the lone ATP clay-
court event in the U.S.