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Querrey and Sock will play the ATP final in Houston

The Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock will play the final of the Houston tennis tournament, of the Masters 250 Series, by defeating the Spanish Fernando Verdasco, who was defending the champion title, and the South African Kevin Anderson, respectively, in the semifinals.

The final will be the first between two American players since Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick did it in 2002, with victory for the former, which prevented his compatriot from winning the tournament for the third time in a row after having achieved it the previous two years. .

Querrey, the eighth favourite, won against Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, thanks to the powerful serve he showed throughout the match and with which he got 16 direct hits, with only one double fault, by five and two, respectively, of the Spanish tennis player.

The 27-year-old American tennis player, who will play his second final of the tournament, the first was in 2010, which he lost to Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela, beat Verdasco for the fourth time in the five clashes they have had.

Querrey, number 42 in the world, took advantage of two of the nine opportunities he had to break Verdasco’s serve and did so in the eleventh game of the first set when he put the score in his favor 6-5, without either of the two players give up theirs, and in the third for the partial 2-1.

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The new finalist lost it twice, but it was in the second set, when Verdasco played his best tennis, with a more effective return to Querrey’s serves, which allowed him to return to the match.

But the “break” that Querrey gave him in the third game of the second set weighed on him like a slab because the local player went further with his serve and no longer made any concessions to the defending champion, who saved two match points with his serve. in the ninth game but the tenth with his serve he overwhelmed without allowing the 31-year-old tennis player from Madrid any option to continue in the match.

Querrey, who will play the thirteenth ATP final, has a 7-5 record in title matches and the last one he won was three years ago when he beat Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in Los Angeles.

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The rain was once again the protagonist in the match between Querrey and Verdasco when he had to be suspended for an hour in the third set when the scoreboard indicated a 2-1 in favor of the American tennis player who had managed to break the player from Madrid.

The interruption did not benefit Verdasco, who allowed Querrey to rest and, on his return to the clay court, the power of his serve would once again be decisive and devastating for the Spanish tennis player, who concluded the tournament with the best classification in what It’s about the new season.

The match, which lasted two hours and five minutes, left Querrey with a 61 percent accuracy of the first serve and with which he won 43 of 53 points, 81 percent, compared to 78 and 51 of 71, respectively, that Verdasco managed, who only had three break opportunities and took advantage of two.

Verdasco’s defeat prevented him from being the first to have the opportunity to repeat the title since Roddick got it in 2001 and 2002.

Previously, the young local tennis promise Sock, 22 years old, 46 in the world, had qualified, reaching his first ATP singles final by beating Anderson, third seed, 7-6 (3) and 6-3. and sixteenth on the world list, who was never able to beat his rival’s best serve, despite the fact that his left him with 14 “aces” and a 77 percent success rate.

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But Sock, as happened in the previous matches that won 6-4 and 6-4 against the Spanish Roberto Bautista, second seeded, and the Colombian Santiago Giraldo, fifth, achieved the timely and decisive in the second round.

Sock, the new promise of American tennis, who will face Querrey for the first time on the professional circuit, is a native of Nevada, like Roddick, of whom he is a great friend and admirer, in addition to having copied his style of play, which is based on a powerful serve and devastating forehand.

With these two weapons Sock will fight for his first individual title, a prize of 88,000 dollars, of the 488,225 that the tournament distributes, which is played on a clay surface, in addition to the 250 points for the ATP classification.

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