August 3, 2015

Isner Takes US Men’s Clay Court Championship


(April 14, 2013) American John Isner defeated Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Sunday.

The win gave Isner his first tournament victory of the 2013, his first clay court title and the sixth tournament title of his career. He hit a tournament record 64 aces, 7 during the final.

“I’ve always known I could play well on clay,” Isner said. “This week is a little surprising, as Monday was the first day I hit a ball on clay since September. I knew it was going to be a tough adjustment and that I had to find a way to get through my first match. My second match was really close. I felt I played better each and every round. I played well yesterday and even better today.”

“He did a really good job today, “Almagro said. “He played aggressive. He served like normal, but today was tough for me. I want to congratulate him, because he’s a really good player and a good person and I think he did a good job this week.”


Isner spoke about how he won the match: “I was able to go for my shots and be effective on the baseline, especially with my forehand. I was really proud with how I played after going down 1-3 (to win) five games in a row. I played exceptionally well those five games.”


Singles – Final
[5] J Isner (USA) d [1] N Almagro (ESP) 63 75


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Singles – Second Round
[1] N Almagro (ESP) d G Monfils (FRA) 26 60 63
R Berankis (LTU) d [2] T Haas (GER) 63 63
[3] J Monaco (ARG) d T Smyczek (USA) 76(5) 61
[5] J Isner (USA) d [WC] J Sock (USA) 75 67(3) 76(3)
R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) d [6] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 62
[7] P Lorenzi (ITA) d F Cipolla (ITA) 76(4) 61
[WC] R Williams (USA) d *[LL] I Karlovic (CRO) 64 67(5) 76(3)
[Q] R Ginepri (USA) d M Alund (ARG) 62 46 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) 75 62
J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Levine (CAN) d [3] T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 64 75
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d [4] E Butorac (USA) / J Erlich (ISR) 64 62
N Almagro (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) / J Sock (USA) 60 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d O Marach (AUT) / A Sa (BRA) 60 61
[WC] S Johnson (USA) / J Sock (USA) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 61 76(5)

*[LL] I Karlovic (CRO) replaced [4] S Querrey (USA) – right pectoral muscle strain


CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] R Williams (USA) vs R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
[1] N Almagro (ESP) vs [7] P Lorenzi (ITA)
Not Before 3:30 PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / J Levine (CAN)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[5] J Isner (USA) vs R Berankis (LTU)
[Q] R Ginepri (USA) vs [3] J Monaco (ARG)

COURT 3 not before 4:00 PM
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs N Almagro (ESP) / R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) – After suitable rest