Alex Zverev
7 4 4

John Isner
6 6 6

Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Deep Isner forehand, Zverev goes long, BREAK POINT ISNER... Saved! Good second serve to force the error. Zverev plays it safe with the overhead, it allows Isner to get back into the point and Sascha almost lives to regret it...but Isner nets a forehand and it's AD Zverev.

Forehand winner. Zverev holds. Think that's about his second FH winner all match. Absolutely huge hold from 0-40 down. 3-2*, third set.

Isner going repeatedly to Zverev's backhand, but Sascha is batting them back, and the error comes as Isner tries to switch things up with a drop-shot. He nets, 0-30. Ace, and a service winner, 30-30. Isner quickly into the net, and he leaves Zverev's forehand to sail long. 40-30. Ooft, Zverev nets a forehand pass, Isner holds. 3-3.

Isner leaves a forehand return short for Zverev, and Sascha stays up to cover the pass. 40-0. Ace. Hold. 4-3*. After two games where he's had to battle tooth and nail for the hold, that'll be very welcome.

Huuuuuuuuge second shot forehand out wide from Isner, left Zverev flailing. 15-0. Oops, poor half volley pick up as Zverev returns right to Isner's feet, 15-15. Two more big serves to help Isner avoid any trouble, 40-15, and a Zverev forehand sails long to bring up the hold. 4-4, final set.

What a forehand from Isner!! Backpedalling, but it absolutely flew through the court. 0-30. Zverev finds a first serve for 15-30, but then it's an unforced error on the backhand and here's a possibly decisive TWO BREAK POINTS for Isner...

ISNER BREAKS!! Backhand into the net and there goes Zverev's racquet. 5-4. Isner will serve for the Miami Open title.

Sue Revell (@TheMissionMaven)

Oh dear! Just walked in to see the racquet trashing! Mr Lendl won’t like that!

Hannah (@hannakin__)

Not sure it won him many fans!

Zverev hasn't broken all match. He has to now. It's not a good start as a swings a forehand long. 15-0. ACE. 30-0. ACE. 40-0 3 MATCH POINTS ISNER...

GAME SET MATCH, JOHN ISNER, 6(4)-7 6-4 6-4 No prizes for guessing how he finished it.

Isner deserved that in the end, he's played some of his best tennis all tournament and Zverev came up short in the big moments especially on his forehand. The American will make his top10 debut on tomorrow, Zverev moves up one place to no. 4.