MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — For an NFL stadium, it will be a different kind of Sunday showdown: Roger Federer against John Isner.
Both won Friday and advanced to the final of the Miami Open, which moved this year to the Dolphins’ complex from its longtime Key Biscayne home.
Federer dominated a semifinal battle of the ages, beating 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 6-4. Defending champion Isner also bested a Canadian teenager, 18-year-old qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4).
Both finalists give the new tournament site a thumbs-up, partly because they’ve done so well the past week.
“The venue is absolutely fantastic,” said Isner, a big football fan. “To play in the stadium — the Super Bowl will be here next year — it’s pretty amazing.”