Isner ousts Auger-Aliassime to reach ATP Miami Open final

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31 March, 2019

Felix Auger-Aliassime smiles after defeating Borna Coric during the quarterfinals of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Coric fended off that set point with a service victor and created a break chance of his own in the following game, denied by a serve&volley combo from Felix who won all five points on serve in the tie break, going 4-2 up when Borna hit a double fault and securing the opener after a backhand error from the Croat at 6-3. But the second really surprised me.

"Everyone is super excited back home".

"It was a tactical match by me", Federer said. "I think I'm seeing the long term, and right now I'm just enjoying, you know, enjoying every day, enjoying every match, because you never know what's gonna happen next".

Isner now awaits the victor of three-times champion Roger Federer and another young Canadian hot shot, 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, who play later on Friday.

"Similar to today, I've just got to make sure I protect my serve very well and slice maybe sometimes, get into the rallies, and then find a way".

As for Federer, No. 5 in the world rankings, he will be looking for his fourth career Miami Open title. "I didn't feel like it was the focus or concentration".

Denis Shapovalov of Canada returns a shot back to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the men’s semifinal at the Miami Open at Miami Open Tennis Complex.

"It's a chance you can't miss, serving two times for the set", he said.

The towering 6-foot-10 Isner overpowered Auger-Aliassime in the second tie breaker to win the match, hammering three consecutive aces, with the last one clocked at a match-high 140 miles per hour.

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Now marked down more than ever as a future champion, Auger-Aliassime uses the word "grounded" a lot as he tries to maintain a semblance of normal teenage life.

Despite the disappointment etched all over Auger-Aliassime's face at the end, his run here will give him great confidence moving forward as he, and Shapovalov, aim to prove their Grand Slam credentials.

It continues an incredible run for Auger-Aliassime.

"It's wonderful - I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title", Isner said.

That was his fifth match against top-20 opposition, and his fifth victory: a flawless record that no emerging male player in history has matched. For me, that's exciting because it's like a penalty shootout in (soccer), it's just in tennis.

"Since I started walking I was playing because my dad was coaching", he said. Maybe finish the points at the net a little bit more. I don't think anyone sees it as an extra pressure or anything.

Backed by his huge serve, the 33 year-old American fired his 21st ace to complete the victory after one hour and 53 minutes to book a spot in Sunday's final against Roger Federer.

"So I think I did well, and I'm very happy how I played".

The women's final Saturday will match No. 5 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic against No. 12 Ashleigh Barty of Australia.


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