The Miami Open saw many upsets throughout the tournament, and as the orange streamers dropped down around Roger Federer while holding yet another trophy is one of those that will remain in spectator’s minds.
Federer, at 37, is one of the oldest competing on the professional men’s tour and it seems that winning is one that doesn’t get old as he celebrated his 101st win in his career, one few others can match. Roger Federer achieved the milestone by defeating John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in the Miami Open final.
The Swiss champion was able to defeat Isner by neutralising his big serve and by winning 32 of 35 points while serving. That kept the 6ft, 10 American desperately scrambling during rallies and at one point it caused him to hurt his foot that took several points to overcome.
After the final, Isner stated, he is unsure the severity or nature of the injury. Federer, however, was just fine as he continues to be a presence in tennis, and with tennis bettors, having won in Dubai and finished second in the runner up position at Indian Wells early in the month. Commenting on his current run of success, Federer said,
“This is a good phase, a good stretch for me right now. I really feel super healthy. That’s why I have been able to play every day for the last four weeks. That’s something that maybe hasn’t always been the case for the last few years. So you appreciate these moments.”
Federer, to date for this year is 18-2 and is considered one of the best on the circuit and that makes him a threat that could see him adding to his already twenty Grand Slam titles. During the presentation of the trophy, former top 5 player James Blake said to Federer,
“Unbelievable for you to keep winning and playing this level of tennis. It makes me feel like such an underachiever. We’re all just in awe.”
Also paying Federer tribute during the ceremony was John Isner who stated that “You were entirely too good today, entirely too good this whole tournament.” Isner added,
“You are entirely too good your whole career. It’s absolutely incredible what you’re doing. We’re so lucky to have you in this game, and we all want you to keep playing and literally never retire. So keep it up, man.”
There have been thirty-three tournaments so far in 2019, and to date, all were won by different players. The only one to win more than one this year has been Federer. The star Swede first played professionally at the Miami Open twenty years ago and won his first title in 2005 and won another in 2006 and his last, before this week, came in 2017.
“It has been a super long journey for me here. To stand here right now really means a lot after so many years.”
Federer, who played flawlessly stated that he felt bad for the American and that it did not affect his game. Federer stated, in post-ceremony interviews that,
“It was just important to keep on doing what I was doing, and if he’s hurt, well, then so be it, and bad luck for him. After the game, of course, you hope it’s nothing serious.”
The next stop on the tournament calendar for Federer is in Madrid, where he will play in preparation for the French Open. Played on a clay court, Federer feels he will need some tuning up before the French Open, also played on a clay court. Commenting, Federer stated,
“I’m not very confident going into this clay court season, I can tell you that, because I don’t even remember how to slide anymore. I’m taking baby steps at this point. I’m very excited. It’s a good challenge, a good test. Confidence? It’s in no man’s land.”