2019 Miami Final: Federer [4] vs Isner [7]

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mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Was just out on a camping trip the entire week. Last time I was here we were all talking about how Fed was tanking the tournament after his match against Albot
Important to remember that, I think. Both to not overreact like that if he's struggling in early rounds, and to remember that, whatever happens, he could also have been out first round ...

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mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
I think it's going to be all about the return game.

If it comes down to tiebreaks, somehow I don't think Roger comes out ahead.

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stringertom

Bionic Poster
I remember the glory days of ‘03-‘05 when between Novak (Jiri, Gstaad’03) and Nalbandian (WTF Shanghai’05) you could pencil in fedr 24 consecutive times as the title winner. Since the start of ‘18 it’s a different story though as he is a mediocre 5-4 on finals day. That’s after a stellar 7-1 in 2017. I think he stays above .500 on Sunday.
 

Pheasant

Hall of Fame
I have Fed winning 6-4, 6-7(10-8), 7-5 to bag his 101st title in a thriller. Isner’s nerves will crumable when swerving at 5-6 in the 3rd. Fed will be clutch on break points this match by breaking Isner once each set. But Federer will choke away the 2nd set when serving for the match, only to become Clutcherer in the 3rd set. With this amazing clutch win, Federer will have a great ending to 2019.
 

BGod

Legend
Fed 7-6, double break 2nd set.

If Isner somehow wins then Fed is confirmed to be beyond saving.

Like common. Losing to Novak, Delpo and a rising Thiem ok. John Freaking Isner???
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
I have Fed winning 6-4, 6-7(10-8), 7-5 to bag his 101st title in a thriller. Isner’s nerves will crumable when swerving at 5-6 in the 3rd. Fed will be clutch on break points this match by breaking Isner once each set. But Federer will choke away the 2nd set when serving for the match, only to become Clutcherer in the 3rd set. With this amazing clutch win, Federer will have a great ending to 2019.
You think Fed will end his season after winning Miami?

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You think Fed will end his season after winning Miami?

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Didn't Fed say he wanted to play longer so that his boys would remember him in court action? The boys are already swinging rackets, whereas his girls care only moderately, he said. So maybe he'll continue on a year or two more, and if in so doing he happens to zoom by other players' title totals, that's added bonus?
 

tennisaddict

Bionic Poster
I remember the glory days of ‘03-‘05 when between Novak (Jiri, Gstaad’03) and Nalbandian (WTF Shanghai’05) you could pencil in fedr 24 consecutive times as the title winner. Since the start of ‘18 it’s a different story though as he is a mediocre 5-4 on finals day. That’s after a stellar 7-1 in 2017. I think he stays above .500 on Sunday.
IW 18 - he should have lost SF. Cinci 18- had no chance

But IW19, Halle 18 should have been taken for a 7-2 result
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
I remember the glory days of ‘03-‘05 when between Novak (Jiri, Gstaad’03) and Nalbandian (WTF Shanghai’05) you could pencil in fedr 24 consecutive times as the title winner. Since the start of ‘18 it’s a different story though as he is a mediocre 5-4 on finals day. That’s after a stellar 7-1 in 2017. I think he stays above .500 on Sunday.
According to my calculations (I hope I did them right), Fed since he turned 30 has been 33-23 in finals. Before that he was 67-30 in finals.

So let's hope for 34-23 tomorrow :)
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
Didn't Fed say he wanted to play longer so that his boys would remember him in court action? The boys are already swinging rackets, whereas his girls care only moderately, he said. So maybe he'll continue on a year or two more, and if in so doing he happens to zoom by other players' title totals, that's added bonus?
Here's to him playing until they turn pro

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NBP

Hall of Fame
I see this sunshine double similarly to Toronto-Cincinnati in 2014. Djokovic lost early in both in 2014 and now 2019, and I remember how annoyed I was by Fed's Toronto final loss, I basically was a bit fed up just like him losing Indian Wells last week, I think both finals registered his third Masters final loss in a row. I held zero expectations for Cincinnati and he somehow won. I basically said to myself I don't care about how this Miami turns out to be, and somehow this guy is in the final.

Just when you're sick of it all, Fed finds a way to reel you back in...
 

merwy

Legend
It's amazing that, despite this forum being predominantly American, Isner is getting so little support. Where is the patriotic spirit?
Americans are usually very patriotic but in tennis you don't feel it as much, not sure why. Maybe because there's no new Sampras/Agassi/Roddick character yet .
 

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
Americans are usually very patriotic but in tennis you don't feel it as much, not sure why. Maybe because there's no new Sampras/Agassi/Roddick character yet .
It's generally not in sports cause all their big sports are American inventions where it's national competition they'll just call 'World Series' or some ****.

American exceptionalism is pretty dumb.
 

Rubens

Hall of Fame
Americans are usually very patriotic but in tennis you don't feel it as much, not sure why. Maybe because there's no new Sampras/Agassi/Roddick character yet .
It's Isner's blandness. It transcends american patriotism. Still, it's a bit strange. Let's see who the on-site crowd roots for.

"Suddenly Miami is pro-Roger!"
 

Rogfan

Professional
Somehow I feel this is not going to be as close as people think. Fed will break at least once in both sets he wins and redeem himself for the last few Master final losses.
 

rh310

Hall of Fame
It's amazing that, despite this forum being predominantly American, Isner is getting so little support. Where is the patriotic spirit?
We're tennis fans before we're partisans. Watching grass grow is more fun than watching Isner, with few exceptions. (For example, if it wasn't for Felix I'd have no idea that Isner could hit more than 3 groundstrokes in a row without an UE.)
 

mightyjeditribble

Hall of Fame
It's Isner's blandness. It transcends american patriotism. Still, it's a bit strange. Let's see who the on-site crowd roots for.

"Suddenly Miami is pro-Roger!"
I watched his interview and he reminded me of homestar runner for some reason.

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Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
With this amazing clutch win, Federer will have a great ending to 2019.
Taken literally, this would mean he would not win another tournie after his victory over Isner. :(
Otherwise you would have said "With this amazing clutch win, Federer will have a great beginning to 2019"
 

CiscoPC600

Professional
It's amazing that, despite this forum being predominantly American, Isner is getting so little support. Where is the patriotic spirit?
Apart from having a boring game--the big serve is fun for a few games then you want to see some actual points--I don't care for his political views. Plus, c'mon, it's Federer. I want those trophies to keep piling up!
 

Rubens

Hall of Fame
What if this was an olympic gold medal match?
I'm trying to find ways to root for Isner to make things interesting, but I can't. Nothing works. His game is so boring, it's viscerally repulsive.
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
What if this was an olympic gold medal match?
I'm trying to find ways to root for Isner to make things interesting, but I can't. Nothing works. His game is so boring, it's viscerally repulsive.
Who in their right mind could get excited about a serve-bot?
I mean seriously!
 

Rubens

Hall of Fame
His game is so boring it's offensive.
It makes my blood curl and my soul recoil in horror. It's like incest, cannibalism, and infanticide, all rolled into one bland package.
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
His game is so boring it's offensive.
It makes my blood curl and my soul recoil in horror. It's like incest, cannibalism, and infanticide, all rolled into one bland package.
And the worst part is when he does the 'tween the legs ball bounce. :(
Who is he trying to impress with that trick?
I think I'd rather watch a player pick his ass than watch another 'tween the legs ball bounce!
 

W4TA

New User
Who in their right mind could get excited about a serve-bot?
I mean seriously!
A couple years ago, I had the grave misfortune of viewing Isner vs. Anderson in person at Indian Wells. Yes, the serving was awesome... but the monotony damn near killed me. It was the stiffest, most inelegant match I have ever witnessed.
 

Rubens

Hall of Fame
Nothing against the guy though, he seems to be a good guy. But I'd rather watch two WTA ball bashers in a battle of service breaks.
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
Isner has been broken 4 times and has broken 5 times in Miami this year
Federer has been broken 3 times and has broken 16 times in Miami this year
 

abmk

Bionic Poster
I'm gonna go with Fed taking the 1st with a break.
2nd set, will break once and be broken once -- a lull at some stage. will take the TB.

This is the most likely scenario. fed winning a set with a break and another in TB.
2nd most likely is Fed winning both sets with a break getting himself out of trouble in the lull period.
 
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