Roger Federer has made it into the final of the 2019 ATP Miami Open where he will face John Isner from the United States.
John Isner is the defending champion at this event and he has continued his supreme form at this tournament by winning every match in straight sets. In his previous match, John Isner beat Felix Auger Aliassime. It was a close match that resulted in 2 tiebreakers where John Isner showed his class and experience. Isner’s serving was exceptional as he hit 21 aces which led him to win 68% of his service games. Isner won 83% of his service games during the win. It is important to note that John Isner is a very weak receiver and that has been evident in this tournament as he has averaged 1 return game won per match.
On the other side of the coin, Roger Federer was very strong during his semifinal match as he beat Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. Federer won 100% of his service games and 33% of his return games to secure an easy win. Federer is also very accomplished at the Miami Open as he has won this title 3 times in the past with the most recent win taking place in 2017. It has been an exceptional few weeks for Roger Federer as he has made the final of every tournament he has played since the end of the Australian Open.
John Isner and Roger Federer have played 7 times in the past with the current head-to-head record standing at 7-2 in favour of Federer. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 at ATP Paris where John Isner won 3 sets. Federer’s more recent win over Isner was also in 2015 where the Swiss Master won in straight sets at the US Open.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Roger Federer to win. Isner’s returning looks very weak and I don’t see him being able to beat Federer with only his serve. Federer is the stronger player and I see him winning this match and his 101st ATP title.