Zverev out to end Isner's suprise run in Miami Open final

Canada's Raonic loses to del Potro in three sets in quarterfinal of Miami Open

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.

However, a dominant performance from Isner put paid to those hopes, as the powerful American claimed a 6-1 7-6 (7-2) success.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev takes on 17th seed John Isner in the men's singles final of Miami Open 2018 on Sunday, April 1 at Crandon Park.

Zverev leads 3-0 over Isner but both Masters meetings previous year went the distance.

But on Friday, the 32-year-old Isner took the racquet out of the World No. 6's hands with outlandish serving and free-swinging play from the baseline, intertwined with effective trips to the net with sweetly placed drop volleys.Del Potro was unable to earn a break point against Isner, or even get to deuce.

Isner dominated the first set, winning three consecutive games to start the match that included the break of del Potro. "I played bad from the baseline, but it's not easy against John". John Isner was in dire straits, losing seven of nine matches since the Paris Masters past year and he had lost a lot of tight matches in the third set, but now will re-enter the Top 10 and possibly go as high as No.9 in the world with a win in the final.

"I was fortunate to get a del Potro who is very, very low on fuel", Isner said. "I think he was better for today". "I'm toward the latter part of my career; this is the best moment of my career".




"I just know with my game, if I'm doing the right things, it doesn't really matter who I'm playing".

"It's going to be a completely different match". I am actually quite happy that he is in the final.

"He has a better serve than me, and then when he plays as good as today, he's one of the tougher guys on tour", del Potro said.

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.

While the victor didn't have the sheer number of aces Isner did in the first match with 10, he controlled the match with his serve and won 88 percent of his first-service points, per the ATP World Tour website.

Before Sunday's spectators start automatically rooting for American Isner over the German Zverev, they should be aware of one thing.

Neither player broke serve in the opening set, which Zverev, 20, edged in a tense tie-break after he had saved five break points.

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