Isner stands in Federer's way of Miami glory
Roger Federer made light wok of Denis Shapovalov, winning 6-2 6-4 to advance to set up a Miami Open final meeting with John Isner.
Canadian teenager Shapovalov hadn't even been born when Federer made his debut at the Masters 1000 event in 1999 and the Swiss' superior experience made all the difference on Friday.
The 37-year-old dropped just four points on his own serve as he wrapped up the first set in 36 minutes.
Shapovalov then wasted a chance to break Federer in the first game of the second set but couldn't take advantage and was immediately punished as the 20-time Grand Slam broke serve as he went on to clinch a place in a record-breaking 50th Masters final in one hour and 14 minutes.
Meanwhile, defending champion Isner also had to fend off the challenge of another Canadian teenager as he ended the historic run of Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The 18-year-old was contesting his first Masters semi-final and had his American opponent on the ropes on several occasions, only to fail to serve out at 5-3 in the first and 5-4 in the second set.
Isner went on to claim both sets via a tie break to set up a clash with Federer and is looking forward to trying to win back-to-back titles in Miami.
"It's amazing," Isner said. "I said before the tournament the chances were I would not defend my title. I'm very, very happy.
"I can't say enough good things about Felix, he's humble, he works hard and I think he can go all the way to the top."
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