Roger Federer Beats Denis Shapovalov, Will Face John Isner in Miami Open Final

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 30, 2019

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, hits a backhand to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the quarterfinals of the Miami Open tennis tournament Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol)
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Roger Federer just keeps on winning.

The tennis legend continued his excellent 2019 season on Friday night, defeating Denis Shapovalov in straight sets at the Miami Open semifinals, 6-2, 6-4. The win earned him a berth in the final, where John Isner awaits. 

Christopher Clarey @christophclarey

19-year-old Denis Shapovalov grew up idolizing vintage Federer. Tonight, he got to play vintage Federer. 6-2, 6-4 in style for the 37-year-old, who will face John Isner in Sunday's Miami Open final

Tennis TV @TennisTV

🚨 FEDERER IS FINAL BOUND 🚨 🇨🇭 @rogerfederer d. Shapovalov 6-2 6-4 as he edges closer to #101 #MiamiOpen https://t.co/X3SlG2kU3u

It was a dominant performance with a number of highlight moments. After all, how many 37-year-olds can do this?

ATP Tour @ATP_Tour

He's 37, you say? 🧐 A volley of the highest quality from @rogerfederer 🔥 Watch the @MiamiOpen on @TennisTV 👊 https://t.co/Ej6wvcRO9P

Or this?

Tennis TV @TennisTV

Artist at work 🖌 @rogerfederer #MiamiOpen https://t.co/MXJaCLV5gF

Since losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Federer has reached three straight finals, including winning his 100th career title at the Dubai Championships in early March.

It was an impressive run to the semifinals for the 19-year-old Shapovalov, but he ran into the legend on Friday. Federer won the match in one hour and 14 minutes, never let Shapovalov convert a break point and dropped just four points on his own serve in a dominant first set.

ATP Tour @ATP_Tour

.@rogerfederer now holds the record for most #ATPMasters1000 finals w/50! 🎉 📹: @TennisTV | #MiamiOpen https://t.co/yldk5suXrc

As BBC Sport noted, the age difference between the two competitors was "the biggest age gap between opponents in the quarterfinals or later of an ATP Masters 1000 and the biggest gap in Federer's career."

Suffice to say, Shapovalov learned a few lessons on Friday. There's no doubt he's one of the promising young players in the game today, but Federer remains the master. Far more experienced players have lost far worse against Federer than Shapovalov did in their first meeting.

Richard Ingham Evans @Ringham7

Not really fair comparison but @rogerfederer 's win reminds me of Sherwood Stewart facing 45-yr-old Ken Rosewall for 1st time. Chasing a deep return from Ken's incomparable bh, Stewart went sprawling & shouted out: "I've heard about it. Now I've seen it. How much for a lesson?"

Isner, for instance, is just 2-5 against Federer, though the two haven't played since 2015. Isner won that matchup, with Federer taking five of their first six meetings.

Federer will be favored when they face off Sunday, though Isner's power always makes him a threat to pull off the upset. But Federer has been excellent this season, and betting against him is a fool's errand.