Federer v Isner Preview - Indian Wells Final

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Roger Federer will go up against big-serving American John Isner in the final of Indian Wells on Sunday, as he looks to continue his win streak and pick up his third consecutive ATP title. He has now won his last 15 matches, only losing three sets in the process, however his last defeat did come at the hands of Isner in a Davis Cup tie on the clay courts of Switzerland (Federer 1/5 to beat Isner).

Isner has performed above expectations this week and despite his ranking as world No.11 he is not normally seen as athletic enough to really challenge the top few players in the world. However his performance in Saturday’s semi-final against Novak Djokovic dismissed this regular criticism of his game, as he dug in and played some sublime tennis to beat the seemingly invincible Serb (Isner 7/2 to beat Federer). This is his first ATP tour final of the year after reaching the semi’s in Delray Beach at the back end of last month. He’s been made to work extremely hard to reach the final, coming through five tough matches to get to this stage.

Isner and Federer have met three times previously with Federer coming out on top in their first two meetings in the 2007 US Open and in Shanghai in 2010; both on hard courts. However, Isner came through their last meeting on clay courts this year and he will be hoping to take the positives from that meeting into their final on Sunday and work out a way to nullify the 16-time Grand Slam champion. There is one thing for certain, John Isner is going to have to take full of advantage of his powerful serve if he is to have any chance of winning on Sunday as he will undoubtedly find it tough to win many rallies from the back of the court.

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