ATP roundup: Emotional Johnson defends in Houston
4/16/2018 5:52:35 AM EST
Steve Johnson edged Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 in Houston on Sunday, becoming the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship's first American back-to-back winner in 16 years, since Andy Roddick in 2001-02.
It was the sixth-seeded Johnson's third ATP World Tour title and was particularly emotional because his father died 11 months ago and the 2017 Houston title was the last match that Steve Johnson Sr. saw his son play.
After Sandgren's return sailed long on match point, Johnson walked to the net, making the sign of the cross and fist-pumping to the sky before being both consoled and congratulated by Sandgren.
Grand Prix Hassan II
Spain's Pablo Andujar became the lowest-ranked ATP World Tour champion in 20 years, beating Great Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-2 to win the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, Morocco, for a record third time.
At No. 355 in the world ratings, Andujar, 32, is the lowest-ranked tour champ since Lleyton Hewitt won while ranked 550th in 1998. Andujar was ranked 1,824th in mid-February.
Andujar took command early by breaking Edmund three times in the first set for a 5-1 lead. Edmund had been broken just three times all week heading into the final.
Andujar has earned three of his four ATP World Tour titles in Morocco with his other victory coming in Gstaad four years ago.
Edmund, 23, was competing in his first tour final.
Rolex Monte Carlo Masters
Thanasi Kokkinakis parlayed his recent win over Roger Federer at Miami into a wild-card berth into the Monte Carlo event, but the 22-year-old Australian couldn't get past the first round in Monaco.
Russia's Karen Khachanov beat Kokkinakis 7-5, 6-4 in 1 hour, 49 minutes. Kokkinakis put just 49 percent of his first serves in play, and never managed a break point against Khachanov, who converted two of his 13 break opportunities.
In other first-round action, Germany's Mischa Zverev posted a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1 win against Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Russia's Daniil Medvedev came from behind for a 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5 decision over Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain, second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria are among the eight players who received first-round byes.
--Field Level Media