Roger Federer will play his third consecutive final of 2019 at the Hard Rock Stadium, after his victory in Dubai and losing the final in Indian Wells. As well as his fifth final at the Miami Open (3 victories, 1 defeat) . His rival is the defending champion John Isner who, surprisingly, was able to reach, for the second consecutive year, the final of the only ATP Masters 1000 he has won in his career.
Federer and Isner are both players who are well suited to fast surfaces; this will be a challenge that will be decided above all with the serve. There will also be more variations for Federer. the Swiss will have to be incisive with service and forehand, and, at the same time, he will have to move his opponent both laterally and towards the net, using dropshots and other tactical variations.
Isner will have to rely on his two main hits: service and forehand. The Swiss has many more weapons to make in troubles the American, but last year Isner managed to amaze all his opponents. Overall, Federer will start the challenge as the favourite, despite Isner will have his chances to win the title in Miami again.
On his way to the final, the Swiss Maestro, the fourth seed, defeated rivals such as Radu Albot, Filip Krajinovic, Daniil Medvedev, Kevin Anderson and Denis Shapovalov. Isner, seeded seventh, eliminated opponents such as Lorenzo Sonego, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Kyle Edmund, Roberto Bautista Agut and the young Felix Auger-Aliassime.
This is the eighth match between the two tennis players; in the head-to-head, Federer leades 5-2 (The Swiss won 4 matches on hard courts and 1 on the grass court. Isner won 1 challenge on hard-court and 1 challenge on clay-court).
Federer played four tournaments in 2019, reaching three finals: Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami (in his career he has won 100 titles in 153 finals played. Among them he has won 27 ATP Masters 1000). For Isner, this is the first final of 2019, although he reached the semi-finals in New York, Delray Beach and Acapulco (In career, he has won 14 titles and he lost 12 finals). MIAMI OPEN 2019, MEN'S FINAL - PERCENTAGES Roger Federer 55% John Isner 45%