Miami Open: Isner, Zverev to fight for men's crown

Monday, 02 Apr, 2018

The German, who won five ATP World Tour titles a year ago, leaving him second only to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, can begin his 2018 collection in some style if he maintains his 100% record against John Isner, who is based in Florida.

MIAMI -John Isner, playing some of the best tennis of his life defeated a exhausted Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 7-6 (2) to reach his first Miami Open final.

Isner's final obstacle is Zverev, a player as tall as del Potro but still four inches shorter than Isner. The American has gone close on three occasions, losing to Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray in his three Masters finals, but he will never have a better opportunity to win such a high profile event, as he takes on his first non-elite opponent in a Masters final, this time in the shape of Alexander Zverev. McEnroe, a 1989 Roland Garros doubles victor and 1991 Australian Open singles semifinalist, said that Del Potro complained a lot during the Indian Wells about the crowd cheering after his first serve faults against Roger Federer, who counted on a big support from spectators. But that's the way tennis goes.

Del Potro will face American John Isner in the next round of the Miami Open.

The victory capped a superb tournament for Isner, who endured a hard start to 2018, which included an early-round exit at Indian Wells in his lead-in to Miami.

"You can't replicate moments like this", Isner said during the trophy ceremony. "It's just a mentality". Del Potro managed only 10.

"I will try to keep going and see how far I can go", Del Potro said. "But I got so much love from the fans that the pains go away during the match".

The most fascinating part of this matchup is seeing the efficiency of Isner coming into the forecourt against someone that strikes their passing shots as fluid as Zverev does. He held his own in the occasional extended rally, and repeatedly quieted the crowd with big serves. So while Del Potro was disappointed that he lost in straight sets against American John Isner in Friday's semi-finals at the Miami Open presented by Itau, he kept the defeat in perspective.

It will be a showdown of formidable serves in the final given the semifinals performances, but Zverev enjoys a 3-0 advantage in career matches with Isner, per the ATP World Tour website.

Zverev eased past Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (4), 6-2 in his semi-final outing Saturday in Miami. The victor of that particular battle should come out on top and win the second Masters 1000 of the 2018 season.

"I was just ready for this moment", Isner said in a TV interview just after the match ended. I know better than anyone what it's costing me, all the days there is something new but I don't want to stop. I am actually quite happy that he is in the final.

The victory will make him America's top seed. "He was too good for me". "He has everything to win a title like this".

Danielle Collins wasn't star struck when she met her favourite player Venus Williams.

The victory will move Isner up to ninth in the world rankings from 17th.

John Isner claimed his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title by beating Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4 in the Miami Open final. The second semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m. today. He defeated major champions Marin Cilic and del Potro along the way, as well as the young sensation Hyeon Chung.