Roger Federer defeated a hobbling John Isner 6-1 6-4 for his 101th career title at the Miami Open on Sunday (March 31). Holder Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. Only American Jimmy Connors, with 109, has more career singles titles than Federer. Isner began to feel pain in the first set.
“I will have to take baby steps going back onto the clay, I have played so little in the last few years so I don´t know what to expect but what this win does is takes even more pressure off me,” Federer said. Already just how I´ve been playing and moving here makes me believe just going on vacation now, a bit of a break, and then preparation, you physically I should be fine, but again, we´ll see how the body is going to react.
“I am excited. It´s a good challenge,” added Federer of trying to dethrone Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros when the second Grand Slam of the season begins on May 26.
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27 September, 2019