Isner ends Del Potro streak in Miami semi-finals

You've got to tell yourself to go for it. To be fair, Del Potro has played a lot of tennis in the past month - 16 matches and 38 sets, to be exact.

Juan Martin del Potro is not focused on catching Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the Association of Tennis Professionals tennis rankings. "He was too good for me", Del Potro said. "I am the world No 6 and I think I wouldn't have imagined to be the number six being that close to retirement".

Isner went on to win the match.

Isner possesses perhaps the game's biggest serve but has never reached a Grand Slam semifinal, largely because a lack of mobility makes it hard for him to stay in rallies. His ability and willingness to play riskier but rewarding backhand shots down the line to open up further opportunities for himself was something that worked so well in his semi-final against Pablo Carreno Busta, so it will be interesting to see if he utilises this tactic to keep the taller Isner on the back foot and prevent him from using his aggressive forehand to win points. "Very happy it's all coming together right now". The Miami Open is part of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000, the third highest tier of tournaments behind the Grand Slam tournaments and ATP Finals. Isner then held at love, and on the final three points he smacked aces, giving him 18 for the match and 79 for the tournament. The victor of that particular battle should come out on top and win the second Masters 1000 of the 2018 season. He also didn't even face a break point throughout the match, underscoring just how dominant he was when he was in control of his service games.

Seeded 14th, Isner became the first American man to win the tournament since Andy Roddick in 2010. He has undoubtedly played his best tennis on these big stages.

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The second semi-final is yet to be decided, with Jelena Ostapenko taking on Elina Svitolina for one spot, while an all-American affair between Venus Williams and qualifier Danielle Collins will determine the other competitor.

It was a phenomenal effort from the American who blasted down 13 aces and took just one hour and 23 minutes to floor Argentina's Del Potro and book his place in Sunday's final.

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 men's final airs on Sunday, 1 p. m. on ESPN.

The American stunned second seed Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-0) 6-3 to extend his run on home soil.


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