Published On: Sun, Mar 31st, 2019

Roger Federer WINS Miami Open title in straight sets against injured John Isner | Tennis | Sport

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Roger Federer vs John Isner

  • Roger Federer chasing his 101st career title after losing in the final at Indian Wells.

  • John Isner bidding to defend his Miami Open crown, his only career title.

  • The Swiss defeated Denis Shapovalov in the semi-final.

  • Inner beat Felix Auger Aliassime in straight sets to reach the final.

  • The American is known for his deadly serve, having fired 98 aces throughout the whole tournament.

Roger Federer vs John Isner

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: Updates from the Miami Open final (Image: GETTY)

Federer expresses his delight on the back of a fantastic week

“That is like a dream start you can get as a player,” he said.

“It just relaxes your nerves and if you can hold your next game and go up two love you know you’re in the match.

“It would have took something special for the opponent to come back.

“I felt like I broke too many times during that first set and maybe used too many jokers already for the second set.

“I think the last game wasn’t real anymore. 
It has been a great week for me.”

Roger Federer wins the Miami Open

Roger Federer 6-4 John Isner (6-1)

Federer has done it! His 101st career title, it was far too easy for him in the end despite Isner’s best efforts. The American picked up an injury late in the final set.

Roger Federer vs John Isner

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: John Isner struggles with a knee problem (Image: Amazon)

*Roger Federer 5-4 John Isner (6-1)

John Isner is really struggling here with a knee problem. Looks like he will soldier on…

Roger Federer 4-4 John Isner* (6-1)

Isner has found his mojo now and is making the serve count. This is a superb second set at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Roger Federer 1-1 John Isner (6-1)

Finally Isner makes the most of his devastating serve. Clean sweep there, very impressive.

*Roger Federer 1-0 John Isner (6-1)

Clean service from Federer who is now exercising his forehand too.

Roger Federer 6-1* John Isner

Federer breaks Isner again to take the first set. Already looks a massive task for Isner to win this match.

*Roger Federer 5-1 John Isner

Federer really pinning back Isner now and stamping his authority on this contest.

Roger Federer

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: Roger Federer punches the air after breaking twice (Image: Amazon)

Roger Federer 4-1 John Isner*

Double break already from Federer, who has started this match very strongly.

*Roger Federer 3-1 John Isner

Federer is serving really well here, Isner struggling to return.

Roger Federer 2-1 John Isner

The American is on the board as he puts his serve and backhand to good use.

*Roger Federer 2-0 John Isner

Federer means business here, this is a promising start from the Swiss.

Roger Federer 1-0 John Isner* 

Incredible work from Federer to break Isner’s serve, expert of the chipped return. 

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: The Miami Open final

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: The Miami Open final is underway (Image: Amazon)

18:05: Players on court

Here we go, both Federer and Isner are out on court and the match is set to begin shortly.

All the pressure here is on the Swiss as the favourite.

Isner will stay in the top ten whatever the result today, another factor that will taken the pressure off his shoulders.

Roger Federer vs John Isner

Tie-Break Record



2019 Record

4-2 / 16-10

Miami Career

22-13 / 23-9

Miami 2019

0-0 / 9-0

Rusedski warns Federer

According to former world No 1 Greg Rusedski, John Isner is not to be underestimated.

“He’s not dropped a set all championship, big John has been playing a blinder from the mental point of view,” he said.

“He’s been saying ‘I’m not defending my title and there’s no expectation here.’

“He’s back in the final and serving better than ever, don’t discount the big American.”

Roger Federer vs John Isner

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: Federer beat Denis Shapovalov in the semi-final (Image: GETTY)

Isner believes he can upset Federer

The American has had a slightly easier route to the final, but he remains confident he can get the better of the Swiss.

“I believe personally that I can win any tournament I enter,” he said ahead of the final.

“[That’s] because of how disruptive I can be and because of how well I can serve at times.

“I’m not surprised that I’m sitting here back in the final again.”

Roger Federer vs John Isner

Roger Federer vs John Isner LIVE: The Swiss is hoping to win his 101st title at the Miami Open (Image: GETTY)

Federer aware of Isner’s serve

John Isner has fired 98 aces at the Miami Open and Roger Federer is bracing himself for an avalanche.

“I know what to expect. He will not miss many serves. He’s got an amazing serve, one of the best ever in the game,” he said.

“It’s really hard to play against him. I’m a big fan of his. I actually really enjoy watching him play.

“I love it, I honestly love big servers. To watch them, [wondering] if they are going to ace every second of third point.

“For me that’s exciting because it’s like penalty shootouts in soccer. I’ll be the goalie on Sunday and try to get as many balls back as possible.”

UPDATE 17:30

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Miami Open final between Roger Federer and John Isner.

Federer is on course to win his 101st career title in Florida, but his American opponent will not be a pushover.

The Swiss has won five of their save encounters and is currently four place ahead (5th) in the latest ATP world rankings.

Inner though is keen to defend his title having won last year’s tournament at the old Crandon Park venue.

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