Isner earns biggest win, beating Zverev in Miami Open final

Clyde Nash
April 2, 2018

John Isner finally put an end to his ATP Masters final agony on Sunday, winning the Miami Open for the first time by beating Germany's Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-4.

John Isner hits a 117mph victor during his semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro in the Miami Open.

The American, who has never won at Miami, will face the victor of the other semi-final between German fourth seed Alexander Zverev and Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in Sunday's final.

Del Potro had won six of the previous nine meetings with Isner but lost the previous encounter in the quarter-finals of last year's Paris Masters.

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In a battle between young gun and veteran, where it is unusually the younger man with the experience, Alexander Zverev takes on John Isner in the Miami Open final.

The previously unheralded Collins, a Florida native who ended 2017 ranked 167th but came into this tournament as the 93rd best player in the world, is certainly having a March to remember.

Now riding a 15-match unbeaten run, Del Potro, ranked sixth in the world, seems to finally be playing at the level most expected of him after being dogged by injury problems previous years.

"I'm playing the best tennis I've played in a very, very long time", said Isner, 32. "Of course, I was working hard, but I have been more relaxed on the court, and I think that's showing in my play".

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"It's not my main goal, but if I can improve it's always better", Del Potro said, as per Express. "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".

"I've been feeling exhausted in all my body for the last couple of weeks", del Potro said. You know, he's coming into this match winning so many matches.

The 20-year-old Zverev will be seeking his seventh career ATP title and first of the season when he faces Isner.

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If John Isner is able to play at the level he has in recent matches, then there will be no stopping him in this final. He probably will not get many chances on the American's serve, which is clear to see after the way he has been serving all week, but the German has to stay positive and acknowledge that he has to be clinical when the opportunity comes. Isner's consistent play and three runs to Masters finals gives him a legitimate claim to being the best player to never have won a Masters event.

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