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Miami Open 2018 Del Potro vs Isner

Isner is playing Alexander Zverev in the Miami Open final in chase of his maiden Masters title.

The German, who won five ATP World Tour titles a year ago, leaving him second only to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, can begin his 2018 collection in some style if he maintains his 100% record against John Isner, who is based in Florida.

According to the ATP World Tour's website, Isner notched 13 aces to just four for del Potro and won a commanding 83 percent of his first-service points. A precise backhand down the line put him 40-15 ahead and the second break point was converted with a delicate touch at the net.

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. He never faced a break point all match, and in the tie-break, his volleys were the difference.

Roared on by a partisan crowd, del Potro rallied after losing the first set to finally wear down the Canadian in two hours and 53 minutes of relentless drama. "But today John played better".

Isner is 0-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), but he can turn that mark around if he replicates his performance with his serve in Sunday's match against Zverev. "I'm happy it's all coming together right now". "I think he was better for today".

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"Things are just clicking for me", he said, "And if I'm returning well, that should bode well for me given how I serve".

"I mean, look, it's going to be a completely different match", Zverev predicted. "I was lucky as a junior to have him at the Saddlebrook academy and it's going to be a great final".

"I love to play in matches like this", a visibly tired del Potro said after his 15th straight match win.

"What I am doing seems to be normal, but it's not a little thing".

Isner is the first United States player since Andy Roddick in 2010 to lift the Miami title. There are other players who had more overall success in the last few years, but their success in Masters specifically did not reach that of Isner's.

Even so, Isner knew he was the fresher player. Zverev then defeated recent Indian Wells semifinalist Borna Coric 6-4 6-4 to reach the semifinals where he had too much power for Pablo Carreno Busta, defeating the Spaniard 7-6 6-2. It was an ugly first set, but Isner won it in a tiebreaker.

In the opening set tiebreak, Zverev sent a crushing backhand victor up the line to earn a set point.

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