Roger Federer wins 101st title, beating John Isner in Miami Open final

Federer feels more positive this year but taking ‘baby steps’ towards clay

Federer feels more positive this year but taking ‘baby steps’ towards clay

Although Federer was at his usual best, the big-serving Isner had something else to deal with as well - an injury to his left foot - during the title clash that lasted just 63 minutes.

"The fourth-seeded Federer knows what to expect against Isner as he likened Sunday's looming contest to a football shoot-out". "Congrats John!" he commented.

"I think I was very clear on how I wanted to play, so I think that helped that I was able to not just have the plan but then being able to execute", said Federer. "I'm just so happy right now". On Federer's serve, Isner never had a chance and from the baseline was struggling to create any kind of pressure on the Swiss.

In the post-match presentation, a gracious Isner said to Federer: "You were entirely too good today; you were entirely too good this whole tournament; you were entirely too good in your whole career".

"I started feeling some pain on the top of my foot, and it didn't go away". "In the first five games, I was fine".

"I think players that have been doing really well over the years, players that are generally much respected in the tennis world have privileges when it comes to certain rules and umpire decisions", the world No. 10 wrote. Nothing was bothering me.

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Fourth-placed Tottenham are tied on points with Manchester United in fifth and Chelsea are a point further back in sixth. It's a new history. "It's a big challenge for us to continue in this way".

Federer's trademark backhand was in full effect - the 20-time grand slam champion wowing the crowd to set up a showdown against John Isner in the decider.

"Roger, we're so lucky to have you and we want you to keep playing and literally never retire", Isner said after the match.

"Getting married and having a kid is something I have always wanted to do, and gave me a new perspective".

"It's a tough one but what I do feel sometimes is that on the outside courts, more than just preferential treatment to the top guys, they are tougher on the rules", Federer told AFP. "With an older body maybe you move differently, you see it with Rafa too, he doesn't chase down the balls the same way he used to so you adjust to that".

Federer listens closely to what his body is saying and after reaching three consecutive finals it is telling him that it is time for a rest before he tackles the European clay court season for the first time in three years.

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