Miami Open: John Isner beats Alexander Zverev to win very first Masters 1,000 title
(Tennis Open) – Vincent Stevens
Isner had lost three previous Masters 1,000 finals before winning in Miami
American John Isner won his first ever Masters 1,000 title with a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 triumph over German Alexander Zverev in the Miami Open final.
In an anxious opening, the first set went with serve before world number five Zverev edged the tie-break.
However 32-year-old Isner two times broke Zverev in the following sets and held his serve throughout the match.
Zverev, 20, saved five break points in the decider however crowd preferred Isner served his 18th ace to seal the title.
The world number 17 will now return into the top 10 next week after the greatest win of his profession.
” I couldn’t have scripted this. I entered this tournament, I had won one ATP [World Tour] match all year and was playing poorly,” Isner stated.
” I won my very first match in three sets, and that’s how tennis goes – you begin to acquire a little self-confidence and next thing you understand things begin to roll your way.”
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Having produced a dominant straight-set victory over the in-form Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals, the American’s new-found self-confidence at first deserted him in the last.
After the opening set, the last burst into life when Isner squeezed a forehand winner down the line to declare the first break of the match to lead 5-4 in the 2nd.
With the American on set point and serving for the match, Zverev revealed remarkable defense to strike two passing shots and take the video game back to deuce.
But Isner, backed by a partisan crowd, showed genuine character to liquidate the set with a huge serve out large and force a decider.
Zverev struggled on serve in the last set as Isner dealt with simply three break points in the entire match.
The 32-year-old put his three previous major trip final beats behind him to come back from a set down to win in 2 hours 29 minutes.
After 32 years at Key Biscayne, the Miami Open will transfer to a brand-new house next season, and with Sloane Stephens having won the females’ title on Saturday, America waves goodbye to the historical location with two home champions.