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John Isner Beats Juan Martin del Potro to Reach Miami Open Final

John Isner Beats Juan Martin del Potro to Reach Miami Open Final”

Isner's appearance in the final helps set up what could be a stellar weekend for American tennis during the final two days of play on Key Biscayne, before the tournament moves to Miami Gardens next year. He swung freely and played aggressively on serve and return.

Del Potro handed Roger Federer his first loss of 2018 in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on March 18.

After John Isner clinched his berth in the Miami Open final, he came over the top one last time, throwing a celebratory punch at a speed to match his thunderous serve. "He was too good for me", Del Potro said. "I was much fresher than him, and I think that played a big role today", said Isner, who is now 5-2 against top-10 opponents.

John Isner might be playing the tennis of his life. "I just know with my game if I'm doing the right things it doesn't matter who I'm playing, I'm going to be very tough to beat". That possibility will depend on how he fares against the victor of the semifinal between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany and 16th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain in Sunday's final.

Isner ended a 15-match winning streak for del Potro as he raced to a 3-0 opening-set lead, finished with 13 aces, never faced a deuce point on his serve and was at his best when closing out the victory. I started the tournament well and I have improved with every game.

Juan Martin Del Potro stretches to play a forehand against John Isner during their semifinal at the Miami Open. He is so exhausted and has played so many games and although the first set was quick I knew it wouldn't be like that in the second.

So it was a battle of, you know, me being fresher but him being exhausted but super confident.

The Argentine, seeded fifth, was able to get on the board to provide some response, though wasn't quite firing at full gear in the opening set, and was eventually made to pay for it; having held serve comfortably once again for a 4-1 lead, Isner broke for a second time in the set, and safely served out the opening set to put himself just one set away from his 25th ATP World Tour final.

But Isner was ruthless in capitalising on his opportunity in the tie-break, winning the first three points and then, after Del Potro had held on each of his serves to trim the gap, rattling off a further four points in succession, victory secured by a sublime backhand volley at the net.



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