Juan Monaco is back in the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court final after recording a 6-4 6-2 semifinal win over Feliciano Lopez.
The 2012 champion is through to his 21st ATP World Tour final and second at River Oaks. It took the Argentine one hour and 40 minutes to score his first win over Lopez since 2009 Madrid.
Monaco improves to a 231-136 lifetime record on clay, the fifth most clay-court wins among active ATP players. He will meet defending champion Jack Sock in the final Sunday afternoon.
Sock recorded his eighth straight match-win at River Oaks, defeating top seed and 2013 champion John Isner 7-6(4) 6-3.
The American is through to his 4th ATP final and second at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship. He is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back titles at this even since fellow countryman Andy Roddick did so in 2001-2002.
The singles final will take place at 2pm on Sunday at River Oaks.