John Isner wins first Masters' 1000 title in Miami

Ruben Holloway
April 3, 2018

The two-time Masters 1000 tournament victor defeated the likes of Nick Kyrgios and Indian Wells semi-finalist Borna Coric in straight sets en route to his final appearance of the 2018 season.

"You can't replicate moments like this", Isner said afterwards.

"I did too many unforced errors and I kind of lost the match myself". Isner's triumph has significant ATP Rankings implications as well, with the North Carolina native moving up eight spots to match his career-high of No. 9. They all gave a pretty definitive answer during the Miami Open.

The towering American moved one step closer to the most prestigious title of his 14-year career by beating a tired Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 7-6 (2) in Friday's semifinals.

"I hashed out what's been holding me back, and it's not more reps on the court", Isner said.

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Isner's win came in the last singles match on Key Biscayne before the Miami Open moves next year to the NFL Dolphins' stadium. "I mean, I never thought I would be in this moment considering how I was playing coming into this event".

"I won my first match in three sets and that's how tennis goes - you start to gain a little confidence and next thing you know things start to roll your way". "It's up to me now to keep pushing forward", he said. "It's wonderful right now".

Zverev looked composed in a tight first set which went the distance before he eventually took the initiative in the contest after an eventful tiebreak, which saw both players trade mini-breaks.

There was more angst-filled drama in a highly-entertaining 10th game as 14th-seeded Isner eventually served it out to send the final into a deciding set. He made 83 percent of his first serves in the final set. "Doing this here is very special for you".

John Isner has capped off the biggest title in his 14-year tennis career with a classy victory speech that matched his incredible achievement.

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Zverev now drew on the mental smartness he brings to his strong all-round game, returned a big serve at Isner's feet, and drew a volley error for the first advantage. Then it was the German's turn to see an opening, 0-30 in the fifth game, as Isner double faulted. "Then I started practicing with him when he was 14, 15 years old, and he's beating me at 15 years old".

"You've got two of these already, thanks for letting me have one!"

"You have the brightest future ahead of you". You do everything the right way.

"Congratulations, John, you deserve to be a Masters champion, you've been to the finals so many times". Moreover, Isner is the first American to win in Miami since Andy Roddick in 2010 and the first player ranked outside the Top 10 to lift the trophy since 1991, when a World No. 18 Jim Courier prevailed.

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