Roger Federer stormed out of the gate in the Miami Open, presented by Itau final sneaked into a 6-1 lead against John Isner. He broke the American three times in the first set.
Three-time champion of the Swiss not only trading at 28 ATP Masters 1000 crown, but also the title of one hundred and first at the tour level. Federer was at his ruthless best in Miami, winning 10 consecutive sets to reach the championship match.
On the other side of the network, Isner is hoping to add a second Masters thousand shield his trophy case with a successful defense of the title in Miami. In the past year he defeated Alexander Zverev for the crown, and on Sunday he is focused on another Top 5 of the scalp for the prestigious title.
It is the oldest in the history of the combined final Masters tournament thousand. While the 37-year-old Federer leads the ATP Head2Head on the FedEx count 5-2, it was a 33-year-old Isner, who claimed that their last meeting, prevailing on the internal hard courts of Paris in 2015.
Much has changed since the last time they met four years ago, but Federer Serve Valor vs. Isner remains the same. Entering the final combined he saved 16 of 16 break points against native North Carolina. And he will fall just one point on serve in the opening set on Sunday.
Federer put the clamps down on a mammoth supply Isner in the first world, immediately applying pressure on the big hitting American. He would turn his third break point in the opening match, to send a message directly to the gate.
Hyper-aggressive Federer was on the attack in longer rallies, latched on every short ball and use it to break the rhythm of the slice backhand Isner in the back of the yard. And he has consistently put the 33-year-old out of his comfort zone, often poisons him to come to the network. Running in front of a pass secured a second break in the Basel native, and he flew on a multiple lead-in flash, needing just 24 minutes.