Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Top seed Nicolas Almagro secured a berth in
the semifinals at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship.
The sweet-swinging Spanish star got past seventh-seeded Italian Paolo Lorenzi
in 6-4, 6-4 fashion at River Oaks Country Club. Almagro popped nine aces in
the 1-hour, 21-minute victory.
Up next for the Spaniard will be American wild card Rhyne Williams
Williams reached his first-ever ATP semifinal by outlasting Spaniard Ruben
Ramirez Hidalgo 7-6 (7-1), 1-6, 6-4 in just under 2 1/2 hours on Day 5.
Williams is a 22-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., and was a two-time All-
America at the University of Tennessee.
The 2013 Houston champ will collect $82,300. This marks the lone ATP clay-
court event in the U.S.
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