Defending champion John Isner came through two tight sets to reach the final of the Miami Open on Friday, beating Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4).
Auger-Aliassime, 18, has been the surprise package of the week in Florida, the qualifier having not dropped a set since the second round.
But the final proved a step too far, as Isner - yet to drop a set in the tournament - battled through to a decider against Roger Federer or Denis Shapovalov.
Auger-Aliassime struck the first blow when he broke the Isner serve to go 4-3 in front, but Isner hit back three games later to force a tie-break.
Isner dropped his first two service points in the breaker but Auger-Aliassime did too and the former turned it around to edge in front.
The American then fell behind in the second set, too, but once again Auger-Aliassime could not make the advantage stick.
On this occasion, Isner won the first point of the tie-break on his opponent's serve, which proved enough to wrap up a win that ensures he will remain in the world's top 10.
Victory in the final would see Isner move from ninth to eighth in the rankings.Published 30 Mar 2019, 02:10 IST