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Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro routs wild-card Rhyne Williams 6-2, 6-1 on clay in Houston

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    Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, returns a ball against Rhyne Williams, of the United States, during a semifinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Almagro won 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press)

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    Nicolas Almagro, right, of Spain, shakes hands with Rhyne Williams, left, of the United States, after their semifinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. Almagro won 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press)

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    Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, returns a ball against Rhyne Williams, of the United States, during a singles semifinals tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (The Associated Press)

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    Rhyne Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Nicolas Almagro, of Spain, in their semifinal tennis match at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Houston. Almagro won 6-2, 6-1. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) (The Associated Press)

Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain needed only 58 minutes to beat wild-card Rhyne Williams of the United States 6-2, 6-1 Saturday to advance to the finals of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

John Isner of the United States will play third-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina for the other spot in Sunday's finals in Houston. Monaco, the defending champion, beat Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in last year's finals.

Almagro, who leads the ATP Tour in aces, added seven more on Saturday. He won 62 percent of his first-serve points against Williams, who played in his first ATP semifinals.

Almagro became the first top-seeded player to reach the clay-court final since James Blake in 2008.