John Isner came back after a set down to defeat Monaco and set up a Houston 2013 final clash against Nicolas Almagro.
Last year’s Houston runner-up Isner was well beaten by third seed Argentine Juan Monaco in the opening set of their semifinal clash in which he gave away three service games, thus allowing Monaco to go one nil up without much trouble. Fifth-seeded Isner got his act together in the set number two and confirmed the fifth game break to move 4-2 ahead. He held on to his advantage and made it one set each with the second set ball. One created and converted break ball was the difference between the athletes in the decider – the home crowd favorite American seized Monaco’s serve in the opening game and served perfectly until the end of the match which he wrapped up after a bit more than two hours of play. He entered the Houston final for the second consecutive time with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph.
Top seed Spaniard Almagro ousted unseeded US player Rhyne Williams after exactly one hour spent on the court. He could not consolidate his second break in the opener, yet he added the third one straight away to take a one set lead. He then marched through the second set as well with Williams not being able to get on the board before 5-1. The unseeded American thus avoided a bagel, but could not prevent Almagro holding the subsequent serve to love and book his Houston final ticket with a smooth 6-2, 6-1 victory.