US MEN’S CLAY COURT
HOUSTON — From Nicolas Almagro’s vantage point, there was nothing unusual about John Isner’s serves on Sunday.
They were as difficult as always.
Isner had seven aces and won the battle of big serves with a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
Isner won his first tournament of the year and the sixth of his career. He had a record 64 aces for the tournament. He broke the record of 60 set by Pete Sampras in 2002. Almagro leads the ATP Tour with 266 aces. He had five against Isner.
Isner won $82,300 and Almagro earned $43,310.
Isner is the first American to appear in an ATP Tour final this year. Isner lost to Juan Monaco 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in last year’s final.
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