Sunday, March 18, 2012
Roger Federer beat John Isner 7-6 6-3 to win the Indian Wells titles.
Federer blunted the powerful serving of Isner with a controlled display, edging Isner 9-7 in the first set tiebreak then breaking him twice in the second set to triumph in one hour and 21 minutes.
Federer clinched the title when the towering Isner dumped a forehand into the net.
“It’s been a tough tournament for all of the players with a lot of sickness,” Federer said.
“I’m happy I survived the early rounds to give myself a chance. I couldn’t be happier,” added Roger.
The opening set went with serve until the 12th game when Federer, leading 6-5, had a chance to break Isner when the American hit a forehand long to advantage down.
However Isner saved that with a 129 mph (207 km/h) serve to force a Federer error and the set went into a nail-biting tiebreak where the Swiss squandered further set points when leading 6-5 and 7-6.
The Swiss finally clinched the set on his fourth opportunity when an Isner backhand service return flew long, winning the tiebreak 9-7.
Federer then broke Isner in the seventh game of the second, unleashing a trademark backhand pass down the line to go 15-40 up before winning the next point when the American netted a backhand volley as he charged forward.
After holding serve to lead 5-3, the Swiss broke Isner for a second time to end the match.
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