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Sweeting captures first ATP title

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - American wild card Ryan Sweeting beat Kei Nishikori of Japan in Sunday's final at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship to capture his first ATP title.

Sweeting took down the sixth-seeded Nishikori 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in two hours.

The 23-year-old Sweeting became the sixth first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season.

"I'm most happy about the way I performed under pressure," Sweeting said. "It was my first final and I felt I stayed calm, I stayed focused. I didn't let the moment get to me and nerves get to me, which has happened to me in the past before, so I felt that I competed well at an important time in my career."

Nishikori was playing in his second career final. He won the title at Delray Beach in 2008.

Sweeting and Nishikori have split two all-time meetings.

"I was struggling today, missing a lot with easy shots and he was more aggressive than me, so that's why I was struggling, I guess," Nishikori said. "It was a final and I really wanted to win today, but I think that made me a little tight."

04/10 18:52:31 ET