Two firsts are on the line in Sunday’s US Men’s Clay Court Championship title match, which will begin at noon.
American John Isner will be trying to win his first career clay court title, while Juan Monaco will be looking to beat Isner for the first time in the third meeting between the two players.
Both previous meetings came on hard courts, with the most recent coming last month in Indian Wells, which Isner won 7-5 7-5.
As expected, Isner has not been broken in 44 service games while firing 40 aces this week.
This will be Isner’s second career clay court final, having been runner-up to countryman Sam Querrey in Belgrade in 2010.
This marks the fifth year in row and the 11th time in 12 years that an American is contesting the final of the US Men’s Clay Court Championship.
Monaco is playing his 13th career final and is gunning for his fifth career title. His previous four titles have all come on clay, including earlier this year in Vina del Mar.
In 2012, Monaco has a 10-2 clay record, which is good for fourth on the circuit behind Nicolas Almagro (14), David Ferrer (12) and Carlos Berlocq (12).