Shelton and Tiafoe to face off in all-American Houston final

Americans Ben Shelton and Frances Tiafoe will face off in the US Men’s Clay Court Championships final after both winning their respective semifinals. Shelton defeated Etcheverry in a three-set match, while Tiafoe secured a victory over Darderi in straight sets.

Shelton’s victory was marked by his strong first serves and effective break point conversions, improving his record to 7-2 in three-set matches this year. The win also earned Shelton his second ATP Tour final appearance and a return to No. 15 in the rankings.

For Shelton, who struggled on clay in 2023, reaching the ATP clay court final at River Oaks is a significant achievement. On the other hand, Tiafoe’s win over Darderi extended his winning streak at River Oaks to seven matches, with a lifetime record of 10-4 at the tournament.

The final showdown between Shelton and Tiafoe promises to be an exciting match between two talented American players. With both players in top form, the championship match is sure to captivate tennis fans as they vie for the title at the prestigious tournament.


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