Fourth-seeded Steve Johnson beat top-seeded Jack Sock 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Saturday in an all-American semifinal at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston.
Johnson won his lone ATP Tour title last year on grass at Nottingham in England. He will face eighth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 winner over American Ernesto Escobedo.
“I just got lucky in the end,” said the 27-year-old Johnson, a two-time NCAA champion at USC. “He missed some first serves and a couple forehands, which is abnormal for him, and I just took my chances and was able to get it. This is great, my first final on U.S. soil. It's fun to give myself a chance.”
A week ago, Sock and...