Isner Stops Del Potro Streak, Will Face Zverev For Miami Masters Title

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02 April, 2018

John Isner won the biggest title of his 14-year career on Sunday, holding every service game and rallying past Alexander Zverev in the Miami Open final, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., lost to del Potro in the semifinals of the Indian Wells Masters earlier this month.

Isner hit forehand winners at will against an in-form del Potro and sent down the booming serves he is known for to decimate the Argentine 6-1 7-6 (2) Saturday to make his fourth Masters 1000 final.

(G.N.S) DT.31 Alexander Zverev joined John Isner in the final of the men's 2018 Miami Open.

The American had never reached the showpiece here but knew that with the fit again Del Potro in such devastating form and unbeaten in his last 15 matches, it would take a monumental effort to upset the Argentine and his hordes of followers at Crandon Park.

The first set, in which Isner fired down 19 winners, was sealed in typical fashion with a brutal serve out wide, but the second proved far more attritional. "I played bad from the baseline, but it's not easy against John".

"He came out a little bit slow, simply because he's played so many matches and he's understandably sort of running on fumes", said Isner. "I think today was even my best match".

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Raonic will take on Del Potro (Picture: USA TODAY Sports) Will Del Potro keep his win streak intact?

"It's going to be a completely different match". "On the flip side of that, if I'm not too confident or doing the right things out there, I can be beaten by anybody".

"Physically, I'm super-fresh and I'm ready to go for the finals".

An exhausted Del Potro said he is looking forward to some much-needed time away from tennis before deciding on when to play next.

Before Sunday's spectators start automatically rooting for American Isner over the German Zverev, they should be aware of one thing. Nishikori has been more consistent in making deep runs at Masters, but his most successful tournament, the Madrid Open, is one that Isner often skips to focus on hard court tournaments.

This also contributes to around a 35% chance of there being no breaks in the first set (six holds for each player leading to a tiebreak), but with the Sportsbook offering just 11/10 on 7-6 to either player in the first set, there isn't an angle here either. "I made some winners; made some backhand winners finally in the match and found my rhythm", said Zverev said of the breaker.


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