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INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 17: Jack Sock celebrates a point against Kei Nishikori of Japan during the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Sock Leads Three U.S. Players into Us Men's Clay Court Semifinals

HOUSTON (AP) -- Top-seeded Jack Sock led three Americans into the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship semifinals Friday night, beating sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-4.

Sock won at Forest Oaks in 2015 for his first ATP Tour title and added victories this year in Auckland, New Zealand, and Delray Beach, Florida.

Sock will face fourth-seeded countryman Steve Johnson, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over fifth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Johnson won his lone tour title last year on grass at Nottingham in England.

Ernesto Escobedo reached his first ATP Tour semifinal, outlasting second-seeded John Isner 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) in an all-American match.

The 20-year-old Escobedo gave up 9 inches to the 6-foot-10 Isner, and overcame a 35-10 ace disadvantage against the 2013 tournament winner. Escobedo will face eighth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 winner over third-seeded Sam Querrey of the United States.

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