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Roger Federer beats John Isner: Miami Open men’s singles final – while it happened

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Roger Federer of Switzerland poses while using the winner’s trophy after defeating John Isner in straight sets.
Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images


Tom Lutz


@tom_lutz

Sun 31 Mar 2019 14.31?EDT

First published on Sun 31 Mar 2019 12.49?EDT

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  • 2.16pm EDT
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    Roger Federer win the Miami Open final 6-1, 6-4


  • 1.36pm EDT
    13:36
    Roger Federer wins the earliest set 6-1




3.08pm EDT
15:08

You can read the report from today’s match here:

Roger Federer beats hobbled John Isner at Miami Open for 101st career title

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2.31pm EDT
14:31

The trophy presentation! James Blake – the first tennis player, not the post-dubstep musician – is thanking everyone. Like the people who watched – when i guess means us. That’s nice.

Isner limps up for any chat. He pays tribute to his opponent: “Roger, we’re so lucky to experience as well as we want you to definitely keep playing and literally never retire”.

Now it’s Roger to discuss his 101st singles title and his opponent: “I have a wildcard back here in 1999 … Miami is definitely the first tournament I travelled to as a junior in order that it means a lot. John is a superb player as well as a great person for so sorry for the foot [injury]. Most of the best, John.” When the rope thanks everyone, his team, his kids, his wife, his fans, your fans, some fans, indie band Teenage Fanclub: all the fans. He ends by saying the tournament “has been a blast”.


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2.20pm EDT
14:20

Roger speaks: He tells breaking early was “a dream start” although he acknowledges eliminate the match “wasn’t real” after Isner’s injury. He stated he “had to hold working hard” even if he saw Isner was hurt.


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2.17pm EDT
14:17

A shame because before he was injured Isner was finding their way back in the match and the second set ended up fairly even. That had been Federer’s 101st career title, he is not eight behind Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 109.


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2.16pm EDT
14:16

Roger Federer win the Miami Open final 6-1, 6-4

The commentary crew on ESPN says Isner told the trainer he thinks he’d have a stress fracture in the foot – he’d identical injury for a junior and it feels similar. Anyway, he going out to serve. Or try and. His first serve is hit at half speed and Isner barely moves across the court. It looks like, to Isner’s credit, which he will endeavour to view your match. Federer doesn’t look like going full pelt on his returns – he doesn’t involve with the idea to. Isner actually wins one or two points to help it become 30-40 and appearance like he’s managed to get deuce nevertheless the challenge show the ball was long and Federer could be the champion.


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2.10pm EDT
14:10

Second set: Isner 1-6, 4-5 Federer* (*denotes server)

A little hop as Isner returns – he’s clearly feeling pain in the foot. A handful of points later he yelps in pain and limps round the baseline: he barely moves for the next return of serve. This may not last long…


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2.07pm EDT
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Second set: *Isner 1-6, 4-4 Federer (*denotes server)

Isner will be treated because of the trainer – he’s having his foot checked out. He glances across at his opponent and says “Sorry, Roger”. Excellent manners, his parents ought to be proud. Anyway, Isner has the capacity to continue but doesn’t look entirely comfortable on his serve (not really that that stops him from sending down an ace to make it 30-15, and another to support).


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1.59pm EDT
13:59

Second set: Isner 1-6, 3-4 Federer* (*denotes server)

Although Isner has improved his serve, he’s still not troubling Federer on his serve in any respect. Isner already seems playing to the tiebreak, when they have a considerable record against Federer (4-4). A big serve ends the experience for Roger.



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1.57pm EDT
13:57

Second set: *Isner 1-6, 3-3 Federer (*denotes server)

Federer clips the ball into Isner’s ankles as well as defending champion are only able to volley wide: 15-30. A fantastic response from Isner though: a 118mph second serve is way too best for Federer. Isner has long been improved this set brilliant serve starts to start. Big serves help him to hold.



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1.51pm EDT
13:51

Second set: Isner 1-6, 2-3 Federer* (*denotes server)

Isner pumps his fist for a Federer mishit will make it 15-15. Should there be first pumping at 15-15, you realize Isner is seeking scraps. Federer proceeds to win the experience and there’s no more fist pumping.


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1.49pm EDT
13:49

Second set: *Isner 1-6, 2-2 Federer (*denotes server)

Isner is true of some serve-and-volley. The serve is fine, the volley less so and the man bumbles the ball into your net. A weird point at 15-15, Isner hits it long but Federer thinks it’s in and plonks it within the net. He doesn’t challenge either and Isner gets away with one. He goes on to win the action too, but Roger missed the opportunity to put Isner stressed.


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1.45pm EDT
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Second set: Isner 1-6, 1-2 Federer* (*denotes server)

On ESPN, they assume Isner is playing past the boundary behind the baseline, giving Federer a lot room to result in chaos. That he or she is performing. Roger holds person to love having a nice drop shot.



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1.42pm EDT
13:42

Second set: *Isner 1-6, 1-1 Federer (*denotes server)

A improved game from Isner – a massive serve introduces 40-0 and that he holds shortly afterwards. Now all he has to do is decide is how you can get remotely close to breaking Federer.



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1.41pm EDT
13:41

Second set: Isner 1-6, 0-1 Federer* (*denotes server)

First set stats: Isner won 46% of his service points, Federer won 92% (100% of his first serves). That’s all you need comprehend the match to this point. An ace seals Federer’s hold to enjoy. The Miami Marlins are playing a fairly short distance presently, if Roger hurries he’ll catch the remainder game.


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1.36pm EDT
13:36

Roger Federer wins the very first set 6-1

Federer peppers Isner with big shots about the baseline before American prangs a forerhand out. Federer becomes a good amount of Isner’s serves back and looks like it’s picking everything his opponent throws at him. And shortly as Isner’s serve is neutralised there isn’t much left. Another unforced error gifts the set to Federer in 25 minutes. Yikes.


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1.32pm EDT
13:32

First set: Isner 1-5 Federer* (* denotes server)

They the crucial for beating Isner will be to break him early – and Federer do so twice (he opted to permit Isner serve first too). Isner’s serve continues to be good though not great today, and he’s missed several chances: no chance against Roger if he keeps that up. Federer holds to enjoy – this one could possibly be over quickly (he writes in advance of Isner stages the best comeback out of them all).


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1.29pm EDT
13:29

First set: *Isner 1-4 Federer (* denotes server)

Isner moves Federer within the court nicely before sending a stabbed volley down past his opponent to really make it 15-30 after early wobbles. ; however , Isner misses a fairly easy forehand for his second costly unforced error in the set and 15-40. An effective comeback though, capped which has an ace and we’re at deuce. Isner then just misses a go later and Federer has a good possibility to set this set firmly under his control. Isner thinks he’s saved the break point which includes a volley but Federer races across court and whistles a forehand past his opponent to seal another break.


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1.24pm EDT
13:24

First set: Isner 1-3 Federer* (* denotes server)

The weather in Miami is humid and hot but no rain – very good news after a stormy full week earlier inside tournament. Federer holds that game as quickly as Isner did the previous. The benefit Roger held isn’t great news for Isner when he efforts to break – Federer barely broke a sweat.

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1.20pm EDT
13:20

First set: *Isner 1-2 Federer (* denotes server)

That’s more like it from Isner: three big serves take him to 40-0 anf the husband seals it that has a nice backhand later on.


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1.19pm EDT
13:19

First set: Isner 0-2 Federer* (* denotes server)

Going a chance down in the first game about the greatest player coming from all time* isn’t perfect start. Isner does not much to remedy matters while in the second game, and it’s also an uncomplicated hold for Federer.

*Other GOATs are available.


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1.17pm EDT
13:17

First set: *Isner 0-1 Federer (* denotes server)

Federer gets away and off to a quick start and possesses Isner stressed at 15-30. The amount of pressure? Isner dumps his next two serves in to the net and there’s a first break point to be had for Roger. He wastes the very first opportunity with a wide backhand but can’t do much regarding the next shot from Isner: an ace on the middle. But a wonderful passing shot calls forth advantage for Federer and then Isner’s unforced error provides Swiss a first break.


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1.10pm EDT
13:10

As possibly you have heard one or 57,856 times, John Isner carries with it an excellent serve. Unsurprisingly, Federer believes it’ll be factor to the match. “He’s definitely got one of many serves that you simply basically can’t read. It’s that easy,” said Federer. “You just hope which the stars align, your choice the suitable side, he picks the wrong side, maybe he misses a serve, you could put him in uncomfortable situations repeatedly, and at the end somehow discover a way.”

These two are evenly match in terms of head-to-head tiebreaks: they’ve won four each in the past meetings.


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1.02pm EDT
13:02

If Isner wins the last today, it’s going to complete a US sweep to the men’s titles here: the Bryan brothers won the doubles earlier against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Wesley Koolhof.


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12.59pm EDT
12:59

It’s been four years online traffic two men met (from a match, I know they chat while in the locker room/on luxury yachts at all times) and this what food was in a Masters even too – the Paris Masters for being exact. Isner was the winner then, although Federer contains the better record overall inside head-to-head. He leads the series 5-2.

But Isner has form in Florida, and won the title – his first Masters – here last year. He’s yet to decrease a pair this tournament but has won virtually one of those on tiebreaks, and that is remarkable even by Isner’s standards. Oddly, Federer’s toughest match came against the Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot within his opening match. Those Moldovans though, tough tennis players.


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12.48pm EDT
12:48

Tom can be used shortly, meantime here’s how the women’s final panned on Saturday:

Ashleigh Barty had 15 aces and became the 33rd different player to win a title in plenty of ATP and WTA tournaments this year when she beat Karolina Pliskova 7-6, 6-3 on Saturday inside the final of your Miami Open.

The 22-year-old Australian, seeded 12th, won her fourth title plus the biggest of her career. She improved to 18-3 this coming year all of which will rise monday to career-high ranking of No9, the primary Australian woman since 2019 to reach the best 10 on the globe.

Barty won by using a dominating serve and wide variety of shots through the baseline, repeatedly extending rallies with scrambling defense. She was broken just one occasion and won 32 of 37 first-serve points.

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Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win Miami Open title

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