Steve Johnson fought through late cramps to win the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship, beating Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Sunday at Forest Oaks.
The 27-year-old Johnson won his second ATP Tour title and became the seventh American to win the event since it moved to Houston in 2001. He also won a grass-court title last summer in Nottingham, England.
The fourth-seeded Johnson beat two former champions, Fernando Verdasco (2014) in the quarterfinals and American Davis Cup teammate Jack Sock (2015) in the semifinals, to reach his first final on U.S. soil.
The 29-year-old Bellucci, seeded eighth, lost his first ATP final in five tries. He won four...