Miami Open: Roger Federer outclasses John Isner to clinch 101st career singles title

first_img Reuters MiamiApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 09:25 IST Federer elected to receive to open the match and the strategy paid off as he broke Isner (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRoger Federer beat John Isner 6-1 6-4 in the men’s singles final on SundayThe title was Federer’s second of the year, coming after his historic 100th win in DohaOnly American Jimmy Connors, with 109, has more career singles titles than FedererRoger Federer defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open on Sunday.Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. Federer, who won his fourth Miami title, broke Isner three times in a blazing opening set.”It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves,” the Swiss, 37, said in a courtside interview.But the American fought back in the second, levelling the set at 3-3 and 4-4 before the pain made it difficult to continue. Federer took the final two games for the victory.”What a week its been for me,” said the fourth seed. “I’m just so happy right now. It’s unbelievable. I played here in 1999 for the first time and here I am in 2019. It means a lot to me.”Only American Jimmy Connors, with 109, has more career singles titles than Federer.Isner began to feel pain in the first set.”I started feeling some pain on the top of my foot, and it didn’t go away. It only kept getting worse,” he said. “I have never had anything like this before, ever.”MASTER FEDEREREven before the injury slowed the seventh-seeded American, Federer was the master, tempering Isner’s big serves and winning 32 of 35 points on his own serve”Roger was too good,” Isner said. “In the first five games, I was fine. Nothing was bothering me. He was all over me.”Federer elected to receive to open the match and the strategy paid off as he broke Isner.advertisementThe American held on the third game but Federer took the next four.Isner played much better in the second set but in the end the pain became too much, even with a medical examination after the seventh game.”I knew at 3-4, whatever, I knew I wasn’t going to win. I can tell you that much,” said Isner.”Which is a weird feeling, you know, being on serve in the finals of a match and knowing that I wasn’t going to win.”Federer also sensed the American was in trouble.”I knew it was going to be something that was not right. The way he was moving was not well,” Federer said.”But at the same time I have got to make him work hard, keep doing my things.”The title was Federer’s second of the year, coming after his historic 100th win in Doha in February.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Roger FedererFollow John IsnerFollow Miami Open Next Miami Open: Roger Federer outclasses John Isner to clinch 101st career singles titleOnly American Jimmy Connors, with 109, has more career singles titles than Roger Federer.advertisementlast_img