Federer defeats Isner in Miami final for 101st title

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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.

Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot.

But the American fought back in the second, levelling the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before the pain made it hard for him to continue and the Swiss maestro soon finished off the job in 63 minutes. It relaxes your nerves and you now you in the match, Federer said after lifting his fourth Miami Open title. He also expressed his feelings on the unbelievable victory,"I think the first game helped me get a read on his serve, he has a real elastic arm".

In the four years the two have not played against each other on the court, Isner climbed to his highest career ranking of 8 in July 2018, reached the Wimbledon semifinal in 2018 and won his first ATP Masters 1000 title. A final Isner forehand, originally called in, was overturned upon review as going long to give Federer the match and the trophy.

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Federer said he felt badly for Isner but didn't let that affect his game.

Federer neutralised Isner's big serve and won 32 of 35 points on his own serve. The last of the achievements came a year ago in the same tournament where he defeated Alexander Zverev.

Federer took control of his semi-final early, breaking Shapovalov in the third game as his young opponent shanked a backhand.

Shapovalov - the 19-year-old Canadian - was no match for Federer in their first career meeting, despite his best efforts. "I could be very happy on either end - return and serve - and that's why I'm so happy I was so able to produce and perform in a final".

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Federer cruised into his fifth Miami Open final with an impressive 6-2 6-4 victory against Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.

Ahead of final, Isner said, "I believe personally that I can win any tournament I enter because of how disruptive I can be and because of how well I can serve at times. But, you know, I think I could have made for a more interesting match, and one that was a little more fun".

"It was just important to keep on doing what I was doing, and if he's hurt, well, then so be it, and bad luck for him", Federer said.

"It was hard for John at the end", Federer said.

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"Even the first serve, if you put it in, you don't have to hit the second serve".

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