While Monte Carlo officially opens the clay season, plays on the dirt, the green dirt, is already underway here in the US.
In the Houston semifinals today, top seed John Isner collides with Jack Sock in a battle of the top two Americans and former champions.
Sock, the defending champion, has won his last 14 sets.
“It’s definitely one of my favourite courts to play on throughout the year,” said Sock. “Always feel comfortable out there, so confidence is a little higher.”
Isner, though, leads their series 4-2 including beating Sock to win Houston in 2013.
“It’s never easy to play a good buddy,” Sock added. “We’ve played several times before… We practise together a lot, we know each other’s game really well, so it’ll be a good battle.”
Isner is two wins from 300.
Feliciano Lopez and Juan Monaco meet in the earlier semifinal.
And in Charleston, after stumbling following her Australian Open title, Angelique Kerber is back to her winning ways reaching the semifinals in her title defense.
Kerber will face American Sloane Stephens.
“Sloane, she’s a great player, I know, and I played a few times against her already,” Kerber said. “I will just try to go out against her and try to take the challenge, playing a good match. So just enjoy it against her.”
Elena Vesnina and former French Open finalist Sara face off in the other semifinals.
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