Roger Federer won his fourth Miami Open and the first at the Hard Rock Stadium the event’s new facility in area known as Miami Gardens. It was a master class from the Swiss who defeated John Isner 6-1, 6-4 and in doing so took his head-to-head tall against Mr. Isner to 6-4.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s nice, you know. I’m happy I chose to come back this year,” Mr. Federer said. “It’s easy just to say, Well, last year didn’t work out, so I won’t come back this year, and as I’m playing the clay, maybe add rather another clay court event.
“I mean, the first one was tight. John told me he was watching, and he said, Whew, I wasn’t sure you were going to make it there. I told him the same. The margins are so slim sometimes that it could have slipped, as well.
“So of course you feel fortunate when you come all the way to the end of the event and you can sit here with the trophy. It’s definitely a moment you appreciate a lot, because you know it could have turned out very different.”
It was the first time that two former champions were playing the Miami Open final since Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray in 2015. It was also the oldest combined age at a Miami Open final – Roger is 37 and John is 33.
“This one just feel like also I didn’t expect it, to be honest,” Mr. Federer added. “Because I knew the problems of the year I had last year, that I went through a similar situation with, you know, losing in a very close finals in Indian Wells and coming here again and seeing what could happen. New venue, didn’t know what to expect there. I mean, almost losing against Albot in the first round here.
“These Masters 1000s are hard to win. They are really a test for me, especially later in my career. So I know these guys don’t come around very often, so when they do, it’s a bit of a surprise for me. That’s why this one feels really cool in many ways.”
Mr. Isner came into the final on an eleven match Miami winning streak and he had not lost a set to the final, but he ran into a red-hot Federer. However, as the match progressed Isner was being trouble by a foot injury and he started hobbling.
“I knew at 3-4, whatever, I knew I wasn’t going to win,” Mr. Isner said. “I can tell you that much. 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.
“Look, Roger was too good. In the first five games, I was fine. Nothing was bothering me. He was all over me. Then, you know, this weird pain on the top of my foot, we’ll see what is. I’m hoping it’s nothing, but we’ll see.”
For Federer this was his 101st career title and 28th Masters 1000 from a record 50 final. Now he will head to the clay season for the first time in a couple of years.
The doubles title went bto Bob and Mike Bryan over Wesley Koolhof and Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-6.