Miami Open: Isner, Zverev to fight for men's crown

Miami Open: Isner, Zverev to fight for men's crown

"I'm 12 years older than you, you're 20 years old, you're No. 4 in the world, you have the brightest future ahead, you have the greatest team with you, you do everything the right way", Isner said.

Del Potro, seeded No. 5, was the fan favorite thanks to South Florida's large Latin population, and a flag-waving, ole-singing, near-capacity crowd tried to inspire a rally from the Argentine after he fell behind.

So that was certainly a big advantage for me. "To win like that in front of a crowd like that, with that atmosphere, you can't replicate moments like that". When you're that confident, even when you're super, super exhausted, you still find a way to win. I don't know what happened.

"When he plays as good as today, he's one of the tougher guys on the tour", del Potro said. "He's been the best player in the world for the past four, five weeks winning Acapulco, winning last week as well". I don't have any skills for that.

Isner began his tournament with a hard-fought three set victory over Jiri Vesely with the American winning 7-6 1-6 6-3 to progress.

Del Potro continued his run of excellent form at the Masters event as he overcame a 1-4 deficit to defeat No. 22 seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-2 for his 14th consecutive victory. But both now have the chance to lift a Masters 1000 title, with Zverev aiming for his third and Isner his first. I've been here three other times and I've lost, on this stage. The 32-year-old, who is sponsored by Fila, is the first American to win the tournament since Andy Roddick in 2010.

"Things are just clicking".

In truth, it's very hard to find a pre-match position to take.

"I'm so happy where I'm at in my personal life", he said.

"I think the main reason why I'm playing so well - there is two reasons, really", he explained. Look, if I'm returning well and getting in return games, that should bode well for me, given how I serve.

"But with my coach, David Macpherson and I, when I first got to Miami, we have been having dinner every night and talking some things over. After each match I won, we would have another dinner, have another dinner, have another dinner and kept hammering that point, just be loose, and I will be a force if I can play freely, and I was able to do that".

Isner turns 33 this month and never imagined coming into this Miami Open that he would emerge as champion.

The young German star will start the final as the favorite given his 3-0 head-to-head recover over Isner.

"I'm just going to focus on what I do well and come up with a game plan with whoever I'm playing on Sunday", Isner said.

The 2012 Olympian defeated Germany's Alexander Zverev in the men's singles final, ending it with two consecutive aces to overwhelm the fifth-ranked men's player in the world. You've got to tell yourself to go for it.

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