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Federer cruises to glory with a demolition job

 

Roger Federer
Roger Federer

By Steve Simpson

Roger Federer claimed a fourth Miami Open title with a demolition of defending champion John Isner in a one-sided final.

Federer broke Isner's serve in the opening game of the match and never looked back, racing to a 6-1 6-4 victory in just 64 minutes.

"It was a dream start, relaxing my nerves," Federer said. "What a week it's been for me. I'm just so happy right now.

"I played here in 1999 for the first time and here I am in 2019. It means a lot to me."

Federer lost in the final in Indian Wells last week and also lost the opening set of his first match in Miami, but the Swiss star then rattled off 12 sets in a row to secure the 101st title of his glittering career.

The 37-year-old broke Isner's serve three times in the opening set and dropped just one point on his own delivery.

Ashleigh Barty claimed the biggest title of her career with victory over former world number one Karolina Pliskova in the Miami Open final.

The Australian hit back from a bad start to overcome her opponent 7-6 (1) 6-3 and wrap up victory in 99 minutes.

Pliskova, who had beaten second seed Simona Halep in the semi-final, appeared to justify her status as favourite when she broke early to take a 3-1 lead.

But Barty came back and breezed through the first set tie-break to seize the advantage.

The 22-year-old built momentum in the second set as she broke early and would drop only two points on serve as she sailed to victory.

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