miami18isner_zverev

miami18isner_zverev

Points won by each set: [ 43-45, 30-28, 33-25 ]
Points won directly on serve:
50 % Isner – 48 of 96
37 % Zverev – 40 of 108

Isner [17] began the event having lost three consecutive matches, won his first two matches against players he was expected to beat and between the 4th round and the semifinal he played tennis of his life producing shocking scorelines against Cilic, Chung & Del Potro. The final task was more difficult as he faced a guy to whom had lost three previous meetings, including on the same court a year before having squandered match points in two sets #. The revenge was nearly perfect, admittedly Isner wasn’t forced to save match points, but after losing the opening set, he trailed 3:4 in the following two sets. Zverev [5] served a double fault at game point at 4-all in the 2nd set, he also led 3:2 (30/0) in the decider when Isner fired an ace. The tallest Masters 1K final in history (208 cm vs 198 cm) and the most dominated by servers (50% vs 37% of points obtained directly behind the serve). “It’s incredible,” Isner said. “I mean, to come back after a pretty disappointing first set, a first set I had certainly some chances in and some break points. I was serving at 4/3 in the tie-break and lost four straight points. At that point I was actually exhausted. Somewhere along in the second set I found a second wind and I felt so much better in the second set and the third set than I did in the first.”

Isner’s route to his 13th title:
2 Jiri Vesely 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-3
3 Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-3
4 Marin Cilic 7-6(0), 6-3
Q Hyeon Chung 6-1, 6-4
S Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 7-6(2)
W Alexander Zverev 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4

# Comparison of their two Miami matches:
3rd round 2017: Zverev d. Isner 6-7, 7-6, 7-6… 2 hours 38 minutes… Total points: 115-113 (aces: 9-28)… 3 MPs
The final 2018: Isner d. Zverev 6-7, 6-4, 6-4… 2 hours 28 minutes… Total points: 106-98 (aces: 18-10)… 5 points away

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