Indian Wells – final
(3)Roger Federer d. (11)John Isner 7-6(7), 6-3 [1:21 h]
In the 1st set the weather was ugly again, the wind was blowing and raindrops forced players to halt the final after the first five games for 11 minutes. Isner was serving the whole set too conservatively (only 4 aces in the match, Federer fired 7), he managed to hold his serve six times though (saved a set point in the 12th game). The tie-break was weird, there were seven mini-breaks in total and decided a point at 7 all when Federer passed his opponent with a help of the frame (played backhand and the ball landed on the line, Isner let it go). A moment later he won the set on fourth set point with a service winner on Isner’s weaker backhand. The Swiss stepped up in the 7th game of the 2nd set. He invited Isner to the net three straight times to get three points (two with passing-shot winners, Isner made a volley error on break point). The devastated Isner played a very poor game at *3:5, and after a sloppy netted forehand from the American, Federer could celebrate his record tying 19th ‘1000’ tournament victory (73rd title). It’s a moment of the season when this question is understandable: will Federer regain the No. 1 spot in men’s tennis? Last year it seemed impossible, but at the moment with ‘Djodal’s vulnerability, three titles in a row by FedEx, and 39 wins in the last 41 matches (including easy victories over Nadal and Murray) his self-confidence must be huge, and the next week event in Miami looks like a fascinating prospect. “I served pretty well,” Isner said – in contrary to my observations. “I don’t think I lost the match because I didn’t serve as well. He was on top of me and his forehand was way too good. The hard thing now is staying inside of the top 10. That’s what I’ve got to work on.” Stats of the match.
M.Lopez/R.Nadal d. J.Isner/S.Querrey 6-2, 7-6(3)
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