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Steve Johnson wins second consecutive U.S. Clay Court title

Steve Johnson wins second consecutive U.S. Clay Court title

Steve Johnson shrugged off numerous missed opportunities to beat first-time ATP Tour finalist Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday to become the first player to successfully defend the U.S. Men's Clay Court title in 16 years.

The 28-year-old Johnson, from Palos Verdes won only two of the 14 break points he had against Sandgren's serve, but the second in the penultimate game of the nearly 2 1/2-hour match put him in position to serve for the match, his third three-setter in a row.

Johnson then fended off a break point himself and secured the title, only his third at the ATP level, when Sandgren lofted a backhand return a couple feet long.

No player had repeated...

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