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Linda Ronstadt Returns To The Billboard Chart With ‘DUETS’

duetsMusic icon Linda Ronstadt is back on the Billboard charts! Her latest release, Duets, a compilation of some of the stunning duets she has recorded over the years, Ms. Ronstadt debuts on the Billboard 200 at number 32. (The entry is her best chart ranking since 1990.) The album includes Ronstadt singing along with Don Henley, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Aaron Neville, Dolly Parton, James Ingram and others. The 15-song album also features one previously unreleased cut: “Pretty Bird” (with Laurie Lewis). For those of us who can never get enough of the genre-defying queen of country/pop/rock, this is a happy event.

In her career, Linda Ronstadt has collaborated on music from every spectrum of the musical rainbow, from Nelson Riddle to Gilbert & Sullivan to mariachi music. Let’s take a look at a few of Linda Ronstadt’s more memorable duets (not necessarily featured on her new album)…

“I Never Will Marry” (with Johnny Cash)…

“Long, Long Time / Carolina In My Mind” (with Glen Campbell…

“Don’t Know Much” (featuring Aaron Neville)…

“Medley” (with Smokey Robinson)…

“Talk To Me Of Mendocino” (with Kate and Anna McGarrigle)…

The new album and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction comes at something a time of crossroads for the singer. Last year, Linda released her memoir, Simple Dreams, and revealed she has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which has left her unable to sing.

Ms. Ronstadt could not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 10th, as travel is very difficult for her at this point. She was celebrated at the event via an all-star performance featuring Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt and Carrie Underwood.

Nonetheless, Duets is her 35th charting album, in an impressive career that goes back to the 1970′s. She achieved ten Billboard top 10 LPs, including three No. 1 albums: “Heart Like a Wheel” (1975), “Simple Dreams” (1977) and “Living in the USA” (1978). On the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Ms. Ronstadt charted 34 songs, 10 of which reached the top 10 and one of which hit No. 1: 1975′s “You’re No Good.”

“Time Flies” (with Rosemary Clooney)…

Track Listing:
1. “Adieu False Heart” with Ann Savoy
2. “I Can’t Get Over You” with Ann Savoy
3. “Walk Away Renee” with Ann Savoy
4. “The New Partner Waltz” with Carl Jackson
5. “I Never Will Marry” with Dolly Parton
6. “Pretty Bird” with Laurie Lewis*
7. “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)” with Emmylou Harris
8. “Hasten Down The Wind” with Don Henley
9. “Prisoner In Disguise” with J.D. Souther
10. “I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” with James Taylor
11. “Don’t Know Much” with Aaron Neville
12. “All My Life” with Aaron Neville
13. “Somewhere Out There” with James Ingram
14. “Sisters” with Bette Midler
15. “Moonlight In Vermont” with Frank Sinatra

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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SONY MASTERWORKS AND DOLLY PARTON CELEBRATE RECORD STORE DAY 2014

SONY DSCDolly Parton Will Release A Limited Edition Blue Vinyl, Featuring 2 Tracks From Her New CD BLUE SMOKE

Sony Masterworks and internationally-renowned superstar Dolly Parton celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19, with the release of a limited 7-inch vinyl. The blue vinyl features two tracks from Parton’s upcoming album Blue Smoke – “Blue Smoke” and “Home.”

Blue Smoke will be released by Sony Masterworks and Dolly Records on May 13, 2014. It is available for pre-order now. The album includes 12 bluegrass and country songs including covers of Bob Dylan and Bon Jovi classics, and duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers. Blue Smoke marks the first release of new music from Parton since 2011.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1000 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store – the staff, the customers, and the artists – to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances.

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Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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Eric Church Releases ‘The Outsiders’ On Vinyl For National Record Store Day

Eric Church - The Outsiders  CD cover artVinyl Album Features Two Bonus Tracks and Exclusive Album Poster

EMI Records Nashville recording artist Eric Church will release a double gatefold vinyl version of his album The Outsiders on Saturday, April 19, in recognition of National Record Store Day. The vinyl package will also include an exclusive album poster. The Outsiders originally debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and the Billboard Top Country Albums chart when it was released earlier this year in February. The album features his top-five-and-rising hit “Give Me Back My Hometown” as well as the raucous debut title track. This is Church’s second vinyl project in honor of National Record Store Day; last year, he released a vinyl version of his live album, Caught in the Act: Live.

The Outsiders (vinyl version) track listing:
Side 1
1. “The Outsiders”
2. “A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young”
3. “Cold One”
4. “Roller Coaster Ride”
Side 2
1. “Talladega”
2. “Broke Record”
3. “Like a Wrecking Ball”
4. “That’s Damn Rock & Roll”
Side 3
1. “Dark Side”
2. “Devil, Devil (Prelude: Princess of Darkness)”
Side 4
1. “Give Me Back My Hometown”
2. “The Joint”
3. “The Outsiders (Extended Version)” – bonus track
4. “Come Together” – bonus track

Entertainment Weekly called The Outsiders “the still-rising star’s most brazen, brilliant disc yet, and the first great album of this year.” “ … this is the kind of record critics imagine Kanye keeps making: a freakish statement of confidence and power from an artist in full command of his gifts,” said Spin Magazine, before continuing, “Church can turn from consummate studio pro to unruly rebel rouser on a midnight-train-whine-thin dime. Nashville has the deepest grab-bag in contemporary pop right now, but nothing else comes together like Eric Church in the wild.” People just named The Outsiders one of 2014’s Ten Best Albums of the Year (so far).
Church recently announced the launch of The Outsiders World Tour, beginning on Sept. 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Special guest for the entire tour is Dwight Yoakam, with Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, and Halestorm alternating as opening act. The first tour dates will go on sale this Friday, Apr. 18, with more on-sale dates to be announced soon. For tour updates and more information or to purchase The Outsiders on vinyl, visit www.EricChurch.com.

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Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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Yep, Yep, It’s True — Country’s Dustin Lynch Has A Huge New Hit With “Where It’s At”

DustinLynch_WhereItsAtDustin Lynch – “Where It’s At” (single)
Label: Broken Bow Records

“Where It’s At” is the first song to be released from Dustin Lynch’s upcoming second album (which should come out later this year). Will you love this song? Yep, yep. Will you be able to keep it out of your head once you’ve heard it a few times? Nope, nope.

Dustin Lynch may be from Tullahoma, Tennessee, but he belongs to the entire world of country music. He may think he needs country music, but country music actually needs him more. Lynch is one of the rare, rising country stars who has the ability to project a fresh energy and sound while also honoring the tradition that gives the country genre the integrity that keeps fans so loyal. I’m guessing that he can do it all, given the chance.

He has a brand new single titled “Where It’s At.” If you want to know where “Where It’s At” is at, you’ll probably have to check near the top of the Billboard country chart. Already a Top 40 hit, this perfect summertime country anthem is also number 4 on the iTunes Top Country Songs list.

Some artists are probably just meant to be stars. Let’s face it, he’s the real deal; he has miles of down home charm, that wide-brimmed hat that suggests he is one of the good guys, and then he has the chiseled profile, steely blue eyes and easy grin that a country superhero would have — if there were a country superhero. And he can sing. Boy, can he sing. It’s enough to make you think it’s possible for the Western movie musical genre to make a comeback.

“Where It’s At” (written by Cary Barlowe, Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins and produced by Mickey Jack Cones) celebrates the idea that as long as you’re with the one that matters, then that’s “where it’s at.” It’s a simple declaration of a positive idea, and it achieves what Dustin Lynch should be proud of — it takes the cliché of many contemporary Nashville songs (the obsession from afar of an object of desire) and brings it to a happy conclusion. The voice in this song doesn’t pine away about dancing with a girl he sees across a crowded bar; he does something about it and the song ends with them in a real-life grown-up intimate situation. It’s a country song that is as hip as any, but not aimed at the tween set. Furthermore, in the song Dustin reminds all that the need for a fancy setting or an expensive situation that would have a potential cowboy Romeo paying down his credit card for years is totally unnecessary. One plus one still equals two, and as long as it’s the right two, that’s all that matters. Talk about a country superhero.

Clearly, Dustin Lynch knows what country music fans want. In delivering “Where It’s At,” he’s giving them the 2014 summertime country smash they will be craving by May. The song fuses country grit with elements of pop (a beat that begs to be clapped along to and a catchy guitar wave that brings the listener a spray of “Yep, Yep” relief as if it were a splashing wave that cools on a sweltering summer day) that today’s country fans are familiar with. Who says country can’t please its ever-growing fan base and still enter high quality new musical territory? It is songs like “Where It’s At” that keep country music the most vital and healthy genre of all.

To purchase this song on iTunes, click here.

To stay in touch with Dustin’s music, check out his website, or visit his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter (@dustinlynch).

(Photo courtesy of Glenn Sweitzer)

(Photo courtesy of Glenn Sweitzer)

I had the chance to talk with Dustin Lynch this week about his music and his new single, “Where It’s At.” Here are just a few of the responses he had to some of the questions I asked him…

GV: It’s obvious that you really appreciate your fans. Where does that come from?
DL: For me, it’s easy. They allow me to do what I love and that’s perform country music live. They spend their hard-earned money to drive God knows how long, book a hotel room, book show tickets and then purchase overpriced alcohol at our shows all night. And so, I love ‘em for it. Also, it comes from me following Garth Brooks’ career for so long. He’s one of the best entertainers, in my opinion, of all time, and on top of that he’s (from what I can tell) one of the most sincere guys there is.

GV: Of all the songs you’ve written, which is your personal favorite?
DL: That’s tough. I think “Cowboys and Angels” has touched the most people, because it’s gotten the most radio play. And the stories I hear on how that song has touched people’s lives and become a part of their life’s soundtrack is unbelievable. It wrecks my world, some of the stories I hear on what the song means to guys and girls. It’s a connection that I didn’t realize happens with music on that level. Those are the kind of songs that I continue to strive to write.

GV: You have two songs on this other album that I fell in love with recently — Working Man’s Poet: A Merle Haggard Tribute. (Those two songs are “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”).
DL: Oh, man. That Haggard album is so good. That’s actually what’s in my truck right now.
GV: Really good stuff. How were those two songs chosen for you to sing on it?
DL: They gave me a choice. I had a big list to choose from. “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” is a song that I’ve sung a thousand times down in those honky-tonks on Lower Broadway in Nashville. That was an easy pick, ‘cause I already knew it and I already knew what I was gonna do with it. “That’s The Way Love Goes” is probably my favorite Haggard song. I really wanted to nail that vocal.
GV: You really did. Your phrasing…
DL: Well, thank you.
GV: …just the way your voice barely breaks, entering a phrase… it’s a great contrast to the other song and it shows what a serious vocalist you are.
DL: Thank you, Greg. I’m really happy with how that one came out, too.

GV: Have you been approached to appear on the TV show Nashville yet?
DL: I had a song that I co-wrote a few years ago, called “It’s On Tonight,” close the show a couple weeks ago. So I’ve been a part of it that way.
(Here’s a YouTube clip of Dustin singing “It’s On Tonight”…)

GV: Are you excited about “Where It’s At”?
DL: It’s awesome. We’re already Top 40 and we’re not even two weeks into it. It’s unheard of. We have twice as many radio stations playing it the first week than we have had with any other single. It’s one of those songs — it’s gonna be a huge blessing in my life and in my band’s life. Unless I screw it up, you know, it’s gonna be a really good summer for us. It really is.
GV: So you’re already singing it in concert, because you’re out on the road right now, aren’t you?
DL: Absolutely.
GV: Are the audiences singing along with it yet?
DL: Yeah. You know, the “yep, yep” part everyone picks up on the first listen.
GV: Will there be a video for the song?
DL: There will be. We’re going to shoot it in the next month or so.

GV: In closing, what’s the best advice you’ve been given, and who gave it to you?
DL: It came from Garth Brooks and his manager. Always record the best songs you can. That’s what’s kept up going all these years. Whether you write them or whether you find them, make sure they’re the best and the rest will come easy. And I just keep that in mind as we’re moving forward and writing songs and picking songs for the album. It all begins with the song. Without a good song, you got nothin’.

(Photo Credit: Justin Nolan Key)

(Photo Credit: Justin Nolan Key)

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Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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COUNTRY MUSIC’S RANDY HOUSER LANDS THIRD CONSECUTIVE NO. 1 WITH “GOODNIGHT KISS”

Photo Courtesy: Stoney Creek Records

Photo Courtesy: Stoney Creek Records

Randy Houser’s latest single follows Platinum chart-toppers “How Country Feels” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight”

Stoney Creek Records artist Randy Houser rocketed to the top of the charts this week with his current smash hit “Goodnight Kiss.” Following the Platinum No. 1 singles “How Country Feels” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “Goodnight Kiss” marks Houser’s third consecutive No. 1 off his 2013 debut album for the label, How Country Feels. It also marks his first No. 1 as a songwriter, Houser having penned “Goodnight Kiss” with Rob Hatch and Jason Sellers.

Known amongst fans and industry insiders alike for his powerhouse vocals and versatile songwriting abilities, Houser’s previous successes include the 2009 No. 2 hit “Boots On” (written by Houser and Brandon Kinney) and debut power ballad “Anything Goes.” He has had a hand in writing numerous hits for other artists, including Trace Adkins’ 2006 smash “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which also peaked just shy of the top at No. 2. While “How Country Feels” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” each gave Houser the well-earned No. 1 spot as an artist, “Goodnight Kiss” is an especially sweet victory for the seasoned songsmith.

“I have been so blessed this past year to have such incredible success on country radio and have three number-one’s in a row,” said Houser. “But it’s especially cool to see ‘Goodnight Kiss’ up there this week and to have that recognition now as a songwriter, too.”

Houser is currently performing headlining dates across the country and will open for country superstar Brad Paisley this summer. For more information and current tour dates, please visit www.RandyHouser.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook @RandyHouser.

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Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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Fernando Verdasco Wins the 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship

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Sunday’s final at the 2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship began an hour earlier than scheduled, due to potentially bad weather late in the afternoon. The decision to move the match up in order to avoid rain delays in a third set is just one example of the intelligent way this tournament is run; everything is planned with the logical aim of creating the best possible experience for the players and the spectators.

The third set rain never interfered, however, and it took the talented and charming Fernando Verdasco only two sets to win his first title since 2010, when he defeated Nicolas Almagro with a final score of 6-3, 7-6 (4).

It wasn’t always clear who would win in the one hour and 52 minute match. The world No. 26 had trailed by a break in the second set. After getting back on serve he faced the challenge of saving five set points at 4-5. At that point, Verdasco forced a tiebreaker. Once he achieved that, he continued to battle his way to victory. In doing so, he captured his first singles title since 2010 (in Barcelona).

But that was just the final moment in a week of great tennis and even better weather, at a tournament that knows how to create and sustain an environment of entertaining and exciting tennis-going. What really makes a tournament great? The people, of course. And there’s just something about the crowds at River Oaks that makes it one of the friendliest places to watch great tennis around. The tournament celebrates its 80th tournament this year (the first one was played in 1931), which probably accounts for the high level of tennis knowledge amongst the spectators. While in the area outside the stadium, it may appear that everyone showed up for a fun social event (looking good and happy to see one another), don’t be fooled. These folks know their tennis and they are a great audience — respectful and enthusiastic and supportive of a good match.

Here are just a few photos I was able to take from a great week of play on the Texas clay…

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Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Ivo Karlovic

Ivo Karlovic

Clyde Drexler & Paul Kinney

Clyde Drexler & Paul Kinney

Donald Young

Donald Young

John Isner

John Isner

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

The Bryan brothers and Nicholas Monroe

The Bryan brothers and Nicholas Monroe

Sam Querrey

Sam Querrey

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Thanasi Kokkinakis

Jack Sock

Jack Sock

Ryan Harrison

Ryan Harrison

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And, don’t forget, the 2015 tournament is already on its way!
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FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO. US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP – SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Nicolas Almagro (left) and Fernando Verdasco (right)

Nicolas Almagro (left) and Fernando Verdasco (right)

The Spanish Armada Of Tennis Players Came To Houston And The Result Is That Spaniards Nicolas Almagro & Fernando Verdasco Will Battle For The River Oaks Title At The Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

The fourth-seeded Verdasco beat Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday, and the third-seeded Almagro advanced when American Sam Querrey pulled out because of a back injury.

In the doubles tournament, Bob and Mike Bryan won their fifth doubles title in Houston, defeating the Spanish pair of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-4, 11-9 in the final. The Bryans previously won in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, and lost in the 2013 final. So far, the Bryans have won four titles this season (Delray Beach, Indian Wells, Miami and, now, Houston). Expect that number to grow, of course. They have 97 ATP Tour titles, 36 more than any other team.

Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate yet another final win at Houston's River Oaks Country Club

Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate yet another final win at Houston’s River Oaks Country Club

RESULTS – SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014
Singles Semifinal Round
[3] Nicolas Almagro (Spain) d Sam Querrey (USA) walkover
[4] Fernando Verdasco (Spain) d Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 64 75

Doubles Semifinal Round
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d [2] David Marrero (Spain) / Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 46 64 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014
CENTER COURT 1:00 pm
Singles Final
[3] Nicolas Almagro (Spain) vs [4] Fernando Verdasco (Spain)

This is the first U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship final to feature two players from the same country since 2003 when Andre Agassi defeated Andy Roddick.

Please note that Sunday’s final will begin at 1 p.m., earlier than previously announced.
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FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO. US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP – FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

SQAmerican Sam Querrey is into his first semifinal of the ATP season after defeating Germany’s Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-3. Querrey fought hard in the second set, but it took three to finish the job.

In the semifinal on Saturday, Querrey will play 2013 finalist Nicolas Almagro, who defeated Jack Sock 6-2 6-4. The Spaniard now boasts a 236-112 career record on clay, giving him the third-most clay wins behind Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Almagro was the runner-up in this tourament last year, losing to American John Isner in the final.

Spain’s Fernando Verdasco had a busy (and productive) day; he achieved his 164th career clay court win, defeating American Donald Young 7-6(1), 6-1. In the singles semifinal, Verdasco will face Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo, who defeated Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4. Verdasco also teamed with fellow Spaniard David Marrero to defeat the Colombians Giraldo and Gonzalez 6-4, 6-2. Verdasco/Marrero will play four-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan in the Doubles final.

The Bryan brothers reached their seventh U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship final with a 7-5, 6-3 Australian team of Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt. It was the 16th straight win overall for the Bryans who have won 22 of their last 23 matches here. The twins are having a remarkable season (even for their consistent careers); so far they have earned four titles and won 17 consecutive matches.

RESULTS — FRIDAY, APRIL 11:

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinal

S Querrey d. D Brown 63, 67(8), 63

[3] N Almagro d. J Sock 62, 64

[4] F Verdasco d. D Young 76(1), 61

S Giraldo d A Gonzalez 63, 64

Men’s Doubles – Semifinal

[1] B Bryan / M Bryan d. C Guccione / L Hewitt 75, 63

[2] D Marrero / F Verdasco d. S Giraldo / A Gonzalez 64, 62

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Jack Sock moves on to the Quarterfinals in Houston

FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO. US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP – THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS

Jack Sock moves on to the Quarterfinals in Houston

Jack Sock moves on to the Quarterfinals in Houston

THREE AMERICANS INTO THE QUARTERFINALS of the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

For the third straight year, three Americans have reached the quarterfinals at River Oaks. Should Sam Querrey, Jack Sock or Donald Young win Friday, it will mark the 14th consecutive year that an American has reached the semifinals of this tournament. 
Jack Sock, Dustin Brown and Alejandro Gonzalez will all be attempting to reach their first career ATP World Tour semifinal in Friday’s matches. Also, for Jack Sock and Donald Young, this marks their first quarterfinal on clay.

The last (and only time) they were scheduled to play together, Jack Sock got a walkover from Benjamin Becker. That was in 2012 at the Tiburon Challenger, where Sock went on to win the tournament. When they finally met on Thursday afternoon, the biggest foe for each seemed to be the gusts of wind that unpredictably came and went. Perhaps the wind accounted for Sock’s low first serve percentage (45%), but it didn’t stop him from defeating Germany’s Benjamin Becker, 6-4, 6-3.

Although the Houston tournament attracts numerous Spanish and South American players, many of whom are clay court specialists, don’t forget that there are American players just as devoted to the surface, including Sock. “Actually, clay might be my favorite surface of all,” said Sock, after the match. “It suits my game and I always look forward to the clay court season.”

In the quarterfinal, Jack Sock will face third seed Nicolas Almagro. Last year’s runner-up, Almagro is the tournament’s highest remaining seeded player. Almagro is tied for third among active players for career clay court wins with 235. The other seven quarterfinalists have a combined 256 clay victories. The quarterfinals will be shown live on TV’s Tennis Channel.

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RESULTS – THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

Singles Second Round

Santiago Gonzalez (Colombia) d [2] Tommy Robredo (Spain) 6-3, 6-4
[3]
Nicolas Almagro (Spain) d Michael Russell (USA) 6-2, 6-3
[4]
Fernando Verdasco (Spain) d [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3

Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) d [5] Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 6-3, 2-0, ret. (illness)

Donald Young (USA) d [6] Juan Monaco (Argentina) 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3

Jack Sock (USA) d Benjamin Becker (Germany) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles Quarterfinal Round

[2] David Marrero (Spain) / Fernando Verdasco (Spain) d Benjamin Becker (Germany) / Rameez Junaid (Australia) 6-3, 6-1

Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) / Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) d Benjamin Becker (Germany) / Rameez Junaid (Australia) 16 76(1) 11-9 

Chris Guccione (Australia) / Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) d Purav Raja (India) / Divij Sharan (India) 62 64



ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

CENTER COURT
start 12:00 noon

Donald Young (USA) vs [4] Fernando Verdasco (Spain)

Not Before 2:00 pm

Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) vs Santiago Giraldo (Colombia)

Not Before 4:00 pm

[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) vs Chris Guccione (Australia) / Lleyton Hewitt (Australia)

Not Before 6:00 pm

Dustin Brown (Germany) vs Sam Querrey (USA)

[3] Nicolas Almagro (Spain) vs Jack Sock (USA)

COURT 3
start 5:00 pm

After Appropriate Rest – Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) / Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) vs [2] David Marrero (Spain) / Fernando Verdasco (Spain)

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FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO. US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP – WEDNESDAY HIGHLIGHTS

LH_SQ_2The Main Draw got a whole lot more enticing Wednesday night for the remaining players in the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. That’s because Germany’s Dustin Brown eliminated the defending champ, American John Isner, in a third-set tiebreak 64, 67(7), 76(4). The No. 101-ranked Dustin Brown suddenly became a favorite with the Houston crowd, with his precision when it counted and for his relaxed style of play the rest of the time.

(Photo: Lleyton Hewitt)

(Photo: Lleyton Hewitt)

Earlier in the day, Australian Lleyton Hewitt went out in a cloud of Houston dust Wednesday afternoon — dust that he kicked up trying valiantly to defeat American Sam Querrey and make it to the third round. Still, Sam Querrey was victorious with a score of 63, 64. With the win, Querrey has reached his first ATP quarterfinal of 2014, where he will face Dustin Brown.

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RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

Singles First Round

Dustin Brown (Germany) d [1] John Isner (USA) 64 67(7) 76(4)

Sam Querrey (USA) d [7] Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) 63 64
Singles First Round

[6] Juan Monaco (Argentina) d Somdev Devvarman (India) 76(4) 62

Santiago Giradlo (Colombia) d Matthew Ebden (Australia) 61 62



Doubles First Round

[2] David Marrero (Spain) / Fernando Verdasco (Spain) d Jonathan Erlich (Israel) / Michal Mertinak 64 62

Purav Raja (India) / Divij Shara (India) d [3] Santiago Gonzalez (Mexico) / Scott Lipsky (USA) 75 62

Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) / Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) d [4] Mate Pavic (Croatia) / John-Patrick Smith (Australia) 76(7) 64

Chris Guccione (Australia) / Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) d Marin Draganja (Croatia) / Gero Kretschmer (Germany) 64 64

Benjamin Becker (Germany) / Rameez Junaid (Australia) d [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) 76(1) 62

Austin Krajicek (USA) / Michael Venus (New Zealand) d [ALT] Thiemo de Bakker / Melle van Gemerden 63 75



Doubles Quarterfinal Round

[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) d Matthew Ebden (Australia) / Sam Groth (Australia) 62 36 12-10 (saved 1 MP)

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Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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