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Opelka beats Isner in Houston for first clay title

TENNIS: APR 10 U.S. Mens Clay Court Championship

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 10: Reilly Opelka (USA) returns a shot during the US Clay Court Championships singles finals match between Reilly Opelka (USA) and John Isner (USA) at River Oaks Country Club on April 10, 2022 in Houston, TX. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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HOUSTON - Reilly Opelka beat fellow American John Isner 6-3, 7-6 (7) to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in the tallest matchup in an ATP Tour final.

The 6-foot-11 Opelka won his fourth tour title and first on clay. He improved to 5-1 against the 6-10 Isner.

The 24-year-old Opelka, seeded third has won all his titles in the United States, taking the first in 2019 in an indoor event in New York and following at Delray Beach in 2020 and Dallas this year.

The 36-year-old Isner, seeded fourth, won in Houston in 2013. He has 16 ATP Tour titles.