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Almagro, Verdasco adcance to US Clay Court final

April 13, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco set up an all-Spanish final in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Verdasco beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals, and the third-seeded Almagro advanced when American Sam Querrey pulled out because of a back injury.

Almagro, a 12-time winner on the ATP Tour, reached the final for the second straight year.

Verdasco has five career titles, all on clay.

Querrey won on Friday and appeared to be fine, but woke up with lower-back spasms.

“It didn’t affect me at all in my match,” Querrey said. “But I woke up unable to bend forward or arch (my) back. We’ve been trying to loosen it up for three hours. I feel terrible . . . my first semi in a while and I really wanted to play. But (Almagro) was going to beat me (6-0, 6-0).”

U.S. twins Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles title for the fifth time, beating Verdasco and David Marrero 4-6, 6-4, 11-9. They have won four straight tournament and have 97 ATP Tour titles, 36 more than any other team.

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