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Roger Federer became tennis’ first repeat champion of 2019 when he won his 101st career title Sunday, beating a hobbled John Isner in the Miami Open final, 6-1, 6-4.
Amid the unpredictable swirl of this year’s tennis results, with 33 different champions in 33 tournaments, Ashleigh Barty provides a change of pace. The crafty 5-foot-5 Australian mixes backhand slices and drop shots with a deceptively strong serve and a knack for attacking, which is how she won the Miami Open. Barty had a career-high 15 aces and became the newest 2019 titlist on the ATP and WTA circuits by beating Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (1), 6-3 Saturday.
Ashleigh Barty is finally through to her first Miami Open final. The 12th-seeded Australian endured three rain delays – one before the match, two more during play – to beat 21st-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday night. Also Thursday, Roger Federer got past Kevin Anderson 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals to earn a matchup against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.
Roger Federer is finally through to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. The fourth-seeded Federer had little trouble defeating 13th-seeded Daniil Medvedev, earning the three-time Miami champion a spot in the quarters against sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson. Meanwhile, second-seeded Simona Halep won her quarterfinal match and is now one win away from the world’s No. 1 ranking.
Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete. He lost his temper, but not the match. Annoyed after squandering a second-set lead, Djokovic regrouped and beat Federico Delbonis 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Sunday in the third round of the Miami Open.
Top-ranked Osaka loses in 3 sets at Miami Open; Serena Williams withdraws with knee injury; Federer wins
Eight-time champion Serena Williams won her opening match at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Rebecca Peterson in three sets. Six-time men’s champion Novak Djokovic won his opening match by beating Bernard Tomic 7-6 (2), 6-2.
Three-time tournament champion Venus Williams won her opening match at the new site of the Miami Open by beating Dalila Jakupovic 7-5, 6-3. Williams won the tournament in 1998, 1999 and 2001 when it was played on Key Biscayne. The event moved this year to the Miami Dolphins’ complex, and Williams played in the stadium.
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has withdrawn from the Volvo Car Open, citing mental and physical exhaustion after her run to the Miami Open title this past Saturday.
John Isner punctuated his unexpected run to the Miami Open title with a surprising display of agility, dancing across the court while basking in a breakthrough.
Sloane Stephens won her hometown tournament, a title that nicely complements her U.S. Open championship, by beating Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the final at the Miami Open. Stephens, a South Florida native who lives in Fort Lauderdale, won the last women’s final on Key Biscayne. The tournament will move next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium.
John Isner moved one step closer to the biggest title of his 14-year career by beating a weary Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 7-6 (2) in the semifinals of the Miami Open. Isner is 0-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals. His opponent Sunday will be Alexander Zverev, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Sloane Stephens is heading to the Miami Open final, after rallying to beat Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals. The 13th-seeded Stephens will play sixth-seeded Jelena Ostapenko in Saturday’s final.
Danielle Collins’ favorite player, for as long as she can remember, has been Venus Williams. She wasn’t star-struck when facing her idol. Collins got the biggest win of her pro career Wednesday night, shocking the eighth-seeded Williams 6-2, 6-3 in the Miami Open quarterfinals.
American John Isner has upset second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-6 (0), 6-3 to reach the Miami Open quarterfinals. Cilic was the 2014 U.S. Open champion. His ouster leaves fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany as the highest seed remaining in the draw.
Roger Federer lost his second consecutive match and the No. 1 ranking. Big-serving Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, a qualifier ranked 175th, rallied to upset Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Miami Open. The 36-year-old Federer had been the oldest No. 1 man ever, but he’ll lose that spot to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings come out April 2.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic lost his opening match at the Miami Open to Benoit Paire, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic’s 16-match Key Biscayne winning streak ended, and his struggles to overcome a bothersome right elbow continued. He lost serve four times, returned poorly and had difficulty anticipating Paire’s drop shots.
Serena Williams lost in the first round of the Miami Open, still rusty in her comeback from pregnancy and unable to overcome a tough draw against Naomi Osaka, who won 6-3, 6-2. The 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic Williams.
Weary from three months of winning, Roger Federer hit one last shot Sunday, whacking a celebratory forehand into the stands to punctuate his victory over Rafael Nadal in the Miami Open final.
Johanna Konta lofted a lob off the baseline for a winner on championship point, waited for instant replay to confirm the call and even then hesitated to celebrate the biggest title of her 11-year career.