Miami Open: Roger Federer just one win away of 101th ATP title

Miami Open: Roger Federer just one win away of 101th ATP title

Miami Open: Roger Federer just one win away of 101th ATP title

Roger Federer has defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open.

Shapovalov said on his defeat against his idol, "It's kind of surreal, being on the court against Roger".

"I felt this couple of times when playing these guys and I think it's a bit unfair".

The 20th-seeded Shapovalov struggled early and fell behind quickly against the veteran on his way to dropping the match in one hour 12 minutes.

Federer ensured he reached his fifth Miami Open final by beating 19-year-old Shapovalov, who was not even born when the 20-time Grand Slam victor made his debut at the Florida tournament in March 1999. Federer went on to take the set in 37 minutes.

To give the Swiss eight break chances in the first set spoke volumes about the sudden ineffectiveness of the Isner service game, taking only 50% of points on his first serve.

Shapovalov and Federer will face off for the first time, in the Miami semifinals on Friday night.

In what could have been the pivotal game of the match, Federer squandered a game point at 4-3 to suffer a break, drawing Andre back to 4-4 and losing the momentum he had throughout the set.

"So I think I did well, and I'm very happy how I played".

"It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves", the Swiss player said in a courtside interview.

The win sealed a spot for Shapovalov in the ATP's top 20 once updated rankings are released next week.

Isner played much better in the second set, but in the end the pain became too much for him to mount an effective defence.

As brilliant as Auger-Aliassime has been in beating seven players (two in qualifying) to reach the semi-final, he was never quite the commanding presence he had been in his other matches after those three double faults in the tenth game of the first set.

Auger-Aliassime, 5-0 previously against top-20 opponents, was the youngest male semifinalist in the tournament's 35-year history. "I'll be the goalie on Sunday and try to get as many balls back as possible". "Because I think when you let Denis play, he's got some serious power, and he gets rhythm going. It's just bad. The biggest lesson I learned was to stay in the present and believe in yourself".

"It's a chance you can't miss, serving two times for the set, and just - I don't know". He's the defending champ, he's won 11 straight matches and he hasn't dropped a set.

But no doubt, the future for Canada is incredible with Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov and Indian Wells teen victor Bianca Andreescu. "It's like I caught a virus or something".

"Which is a weird feeling, you know, being on serve in the finals of a match and knowing that I wasn't going to win". "That's just very tough to swallow". So, yeah, Isner could get that serve pumping and streamroll Roger.

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