John Isner vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime
|Date & Time||Friday March 29, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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John Isner and Felix Auger-Aliassime meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
John Isner is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Bautista-Agut that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Isner won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Isner won 73 percent of his total service points and saved his only break point. Isner has won all eight sets this tournament and has combined for 77 aces. Each of Isner’s last five sets have ended in tiebreaks, so he’s simply serving at an extremely high level and wearing down his opponent in typical Isner fashion. Isner hopes to make his first final appearance since last years Atlanta Open and the 27th final appearance of his career. Isner is also looking for his fifth career Masters 1000 final appearance and back-to-back final trips at the Miami Open. Isner has won nine of his last 11 matches on outdoor hard court.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is coming off a straight sets win over Borna Coric that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Auger-Aliassime won 73 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Auger-Aliassime won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his six break points. Auger-Aliassime showed his shotmaking skills in that victory and completely broke the spirit of his opponent, winning the second set in just 39 minutes. Auger-Aliassime has now won each of his last seven sets and you can see the confidence growing as he gets more and more comfortable on the big stage. Auger-Aliassime hopes to make his second career final appearance and first since this years Rio Open. Auger-Aliassime has won nine of his last 10 matches on outdoor hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Auger-Aliassime is a player to keep a close eye on moving forward, as the kid has true talent and shotmaking skills. The problem is Auger-Aliassime is only 18 years old and hasn’t been on a stage anywhere close to this big. Auger-Aliassime also struggles with shot selection at times and can have games where he piles up the unforced errors. You have to play perfect to beat a serving machine like Isner, as one break or drop in play and the set is finished. Isner also thrives on American soil and has made Miami one of his most consistent tournaments. Auger-Aliassime is a little too green to pull off a victory in this spot.
Isner makes it back-to-back final appearances in South Florida.