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Verdasco beats Almagro for Houston championship

Houston, TX ( - Fernando Verdasco topped Nicolas Almagro in the all-Spanish final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.

The fourth-seeded Verdasco earned a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over the No. 3 seed to claim his sixth career title and first since 2010. He also brought an end to a six-match losing streak in ATP World Tour finals.

"It's been a long time since I've won a singles title," Verdasco said. "It's a very important day for me to win a tournament after a few years and after the injury in my knee the last couple years."

Verdasco also moved to 7-3 lifetime against Almagro, who was last year's Houston runner-up to American John Isner. Almagro fell to 12-9 in ATP finals. He was essentially given a free pass into the final when American Sam Querrey couldn't go due to a back injury in Saturday's semifinals.

Almagro had eight aces, but won only 54 percent of his first service points to 79 percent for Verdasco.

"He played a really good match today, and he's the winner," Almagro said. "It was a battle today, and he was really concentrated on his serve. I had many chances and I didn't [take them], and that's the key of the match."

04/13 18:47:38 ET