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Superb John Isner snaps del Potro's winning run, reaches final — WTA Miami

02 April 2018, 12:50 | Nina Perez

GettyJuan Martin del Potro has been praised for his comeback

Juan Martin del Potro

He had 18 aces to del Potro's six. Del Potro managed only 10.

That familiar chant, "Ole, Ole, Ole, Delpo, Delpo" rang continuously through the afternoon. Del Potro had to save three match points against No. 1 Roger Federer in the BNP Paribas Open final to win his maiden Masters 1000 crown. Isner was neither annoyed nor intimidated by their partisanship. But Isner stepped up to the service line and cracked an ace.

"But I knew the second set would be much tougher". Del Potro doesn't have to - his tennis has done that for him.

Two points later, it was over.

Del Potro will face American John Isner in the next round of the Miami Open. Zverev said in an on-court interview. "You Argentine fans are awesome". Isner acknowledged that, volunteering that del Potro was "sort of running on fumes".

"I love to play in matches like this", a visibly tired del Potro said after his 15th straight match win. "I also think he has a big potential to reach the final here, so it's going to be a hard challenge to me".

In the era of the "Big 4", there have been many talented and successful tennis players who could be given the title of "best player to never win a major". I don't have any skills for that. "John deserved to win today".

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TwitterPaul Annacone has praised Juan Martin del Potro

The men's final is set for the 2018 Miami Open. Wasn't that close of a match by any stretch of the imagination last week. He got some momentum in Indian Wells-on the doubles court-by winning the title with Jack Sock. He has undoubtedly played his best tennis on these big stages. "Look, if I'm returning well ... that should bode well for me, given how I serve". He got it from the most unlikely of sources, an injury in his first-round match against Jiri Vesely.

"You can't replicate moments like this", Isner said during the trophy ceremony.

"But also, I did play my game well, so that certainly helped". "Ever since then, it's been easier", he said Friday.

Mindful of that small margin for error when he lost serve to fall behind 5-4 in the final set, Zverev let his frustration boil over.

The first set, in which Isner fired down 19 winners, was sealed in typical fashion with a brutal serve out wide, but the second proved far more attritional. Busta saved multiple break points in the first set to give himself the opportunity to move ahead, but Zverev came through with the set hanging in the balance. And at 6-4, with Carreno Busta serving, Zverev forced his opponent into a forehand error.

"I started the tournament well and I have improved with every game".

"I was fortunate to get a del Potro who is very, very low on fuel", Isner said.

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