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Red clay just what Isner, U.S. men need

Updated: April 15, 2013, 1:51 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

John Isner won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston on Sunday, on the same surface -- red clay -- where all of the ATP action up to and including the French Open will take place over the next two months. Ordinarily, that would be a great sign going into the first big clay-court Masters 1000 event of the year in Monte Carlo.

Isner, No. 23 in the rankings before Houston, has struggled. He was a disappointing 7-8 on the year going in, despite the home-nation advantage afforded ...

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