Roger Federer beats hobbled John Isner at Miami Open for 101st career title
Roger Federer became tennis’s first repeat champion of 2019 whilst won his 101st career singles title on Sunday by beating defending champion John Isner in the Miami Open final, 6-1, 6-4. “It’s unbelievable. I played inside 1999 in my ballet shoes and here I am in 2019. It means a great deal to me,” said Federer after sealing the victory.
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The temporary stands inside the Miami Dolphins’ NFL stadium were almost full for that final, but Federer quickly defused any drama, breaking in the opening game and twice more in the first set that lasted only 24 minutes. Federer neutralised Isner’s big serve and won 32 of 35 points on his own serve. The 6ft 10in Isner must scramble desperately to stay in rallies and hurt his left foot late while in the second set. He was barely fit enough to finish the match but were able to limp via the final few points.
Federer paid tribute to his opponent’s determination following the match. “John is an effective player including a great person and i am so sorry to your foot [injury],” he said. Isner, meanwhile, joked he wanted to see Federer play into old age. “Roger, we’re so lucky to experience along with we’d like yourself to keep playing and literally never retire,” he explained.
Federer was the Dubai champion on 2 March, and was runner-up at Indian Wells 2 weeks ago. He’s 18-2 this holiday season, which stamps him as the serious threat in grand slams later this season, even on the chronilogical age of 37.
The first 33 women’s and men’s titles this year were won by 33 different players, including Ashleigh Barty from the Miami Open women’s final on Saturday.