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

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Isner then snapped Juan Martin del Potro's 15 match winning streak 6-1 7-6, in what was a sensational performance from the 17th seed. McEnroe, a 1989 Roland Garros doubles victor and 1991 Australian Open singles semifinalist, said that Del Potro complained a lot during the Indian Wells about the crowd cheering after his first serve faults against Roger Federer, who counted on a big support from spectators. 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 fired down 18 aces and did not allow Zverev a solitary break in a gripping battle, the 20-year-old German missing out on a third Masters title after suffering a first loss in four meetings with the 14th seed.

The Argentine most recently defeated Canada's Milos Raonic in the Miami Open quarterfinals on Wednesday night and will face American John Isner in the semifinals Friday.

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Both finalists have played some of their best tennis throughout the Masters 1000 event, beating several top seeds and barely showing any signs of weakness.

Neither player faced a break point until Del Potro staved off one in the ninth game, holding after Isner let his chance slip by firing a return into the net.

Isner added that the hot and windy conditions in Miami, where the courts are not particularly fast but cause the ball to bounce high, suit his first-strike approach to the game perfectly."Del Potro is the hottest player on tour right now, hands down", Isner added. "I think he was better for today".

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"I couldn't have scripted this", Isner said in his post-match interview. It's clear the German is playing with more power, finesse and even improved movement that has left his opponents guessing where he's going to place the ball.

Isner controlled his match from the outset and registered 39 winners. "I'm going to be very tough to beat". The final, against Pablo Carreno Busta or Alexander Zverev, will be at 1 p.m. Sunday (ESPN2).

"I love to play in matches like this", a visibly tired del Potro said after his 15th straight match win. "I stuck to it pretty well", Isner said. "On the flip side of that, if I'm not too confident or doing the right things out there, I can be beaten by anybody".

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Isner is the oldest first-time ATP Would Tour Masters 1000 titlist. "I made some winners; made some backhand winners finally in the match and found my rhythm", said Zverev said of the breaker.