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Steve Johnson Beats Tennys Sandgren To Win Houston Final
By Burton Vanderfliet, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2018 5:23am PST USA
Steve Johnson Beats Tennys Sandgren To Win Houston Final HOUSTON-- Last Sunday at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Mens Clay Court Championship final in Houston, Texas, the 6th seeded Steve Johnson of the USA defeated his fellow American and 8th seeded Tennys Sandgren 7-6(7-2), 2-6, 6-4 for the championship title.

In the opening set Sandgren broke serve to lead 6-5 before Johnson broke back to reach the tiebreaker.

In the tiebreaker, Johnson raced to a 6-2 lead before striking an inside out forehand down the line winner on set point.

Steve Johnson of the USA
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It means a lot [to win] here, said the 28 year old Johnson who also won the Houston title in 2017.

In set two, Sandgren raised the power and intensity levels in his game to lead 4-2 before holding serve at love to reach 5-2.

However; serving at four all in the final set, Sandgren committed two backhand errors before sending an inside out down the line forehand wide to drop serve and trail 4-5.

With Johnson serving for the match at deuce, Sandgren netted an inside out crosscourt forehand to set up match point.

A final Sandgren error, a down the line backhand return struck long, ended the match.

It means a lot [to win] here, said the 28 year old Johnson who also won the Houston title in 2017.

This is one of the best tournaments of the year. You get the atmosphere of the country club, everything that goes with it. The people are awesome, everybody involved with the tournament makes it so special. Always happy to come back here and start my clay-court season.

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