Federer tops Isner for fourth Miami Open title

Roger Federer won his fourth Miami Open on Sunday, besting defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4.
It took Federer just 64 minutes to claim his 101st singles title and the second of the season against a hobbled Isner.

John Isner
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Federer jumped out to a quick start in the match, breaking Isner’s serve four times while dominating with his serve. On the day, the Swiss won 93 percent of first-serve points.
After the match, he said the quick break of Isner in the opening game set the tone.
“It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves,” Federer said. “What a week it’s been for me. 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.”
Federer was dominant during the week, dropping his first set of the tournament and then winning 12 consecutive sets over six matches.
Isner, known for his big service game, converted just 46 percent of his first serves. He undoubtedly was bothered by a foot injury. ESPN reported during the match that it appeared Isner told the trainer he believed he had sustained a stress fracture.
During the trophy presentation, Isner had kind words for his 37-year-old opponent.
“Roger, we’re so lucky to have you and we want you to keep playing and literally never retire,” he said.
With the win, Federer trails Jimmy Conners by eight for the most all-time ATP wins.
–Field Level Media

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