Roger Federer wins Miami Open | Beats John Isner for title 101

Roger Federer wins Miami Open | Beats John Isner for title 101

Roger Federer used his finesse and arsenal of weapons to thwart John Isner's powerful serve, and the 37-year-old Swiss maestro won his fourth Miami Open title, 6-1, 6-4, in just over an hour.

Federer has been the form player in South Florida and his performance against big-serving Isner proved it as the 33-year-old home-nation hero was overwhelmed by the Swiss star's incredible consistency.

Federer took the first set 6-0 in his Wimbledon-revenge win versus Anderson, and, along the way, the Swiss won a rare six-volley exchange, putting the point away at the net with a backhand dink down the line.

"I'm just so happy right now".

"But at the same time I have got to make him work hard, keep doing my things".

This will be their first meeting and one the Canadian, who will break into the top 20 when the rankings are released next week, can not wait for.

"It's a awful feeling, because you're on an island out there, and you have no teammates to hide behind and going up against the greatest player ever, playing in this incredible atmosphere, and my foot's killing me", Isner said.

Federer dropped off just one set so far in his run at the Miami Open, during his opening round match against Radu Albot just some days after losing the Indian Wells final to Dominic Thiem. I knew he was seeing the ball very big.

Federer is 5-2 against Isner, but they haven't played each other since 2015.

Last year, Isner became the oldest first-time Masters 1000 champion when he triumphed at Crandon Park.

"It's unbelievable - I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title", Isner said.

Denis had to dig deep against the American in what was a "very viewable match". Federer laughingly said he'll brace for a barrage. I don't know. I couldn't put a second serve anymore.

The women's final Saturday will match No. 5 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic against No. 12 Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

"Playing a big server like John is like being in a penalty shootout in soccer, but I enjoy it", said number four seed Federer who coped brilliantly with Kevin Anderson's risky serve in the quarter-finals, winning the first set to love.

Auger-Aliassime missed a great chance to win the opening set after notching the first break of the match.

The American has made it to the final without dropping a single set.

Auger-Aliassime regrouped and was on the attack again in the second, grabbing the early break to nose in front 4-2.

There was a repeat in the second set.

Auger-Aliassime was particularly frustrated with one game in the first set when he double-faulted three times while serving with a 5-4 edge. "It's like I caught a virus or something". Even the first serve, if you put it in, you don't have to hit the second serve. "Yeah, that's just very tough to swallow".

Each lapse led to a tiebreaker, where Isner has been unbeatable of late after arriving at Miami with a modest 7-10 record in tiebreakers this year.

Related Articles