Roger Federer became tennis’ first repeat champion of 2019 when he won his 101st career title Sunday by beating a hobbled John Isner in the Miami Open final, winning 6-1, 6-4 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Federer neutralized Isner’s big serve and won 32 of 35 points on his own serve. Isner, who’s 6-foot-10, scrambled so desperately to stay in rallies that he hurt his left foot and limped badly through the final few points.
Isner said he didn’t know the nature or severity of the injury.
Federer, by contrast, is just fine. He was the Dubai champion March 2 and the runner-up to Dominic Thiem at Indian Wells two weeks ago.
“This is a good phase, a good stretch for me right now,” Federer said. “I really feel super healthy. That’s why I have been able to play every day for the last four weeks. That’s something that maybe hasn’t always been the case for the last few years. So you appreciate these moments.”
Motor sports: Denny Hamlin raced to his second NASCAR Cup victory of the season, overcoming two penalties on pit road to win the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Hamlin, who averaged 153.224 mph, finished more than 2.7 seconds ahead of runner-up Clint Bowyer.
• After race leader Charles Leclerc’s engine started losing power with less than 10 laps left, Lewis Hamilton erased a 10-second deficit and passed Leclerc to win the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir. Hamilton beat runner-up Valtteri Bottas by 2.98 seconds; Leclerc finished third.
Horse racing: A 23rd horse fatality occurred at Santa Anita in Arcadia (Los Angeles County) since Dec. 26 when Arms Runner fell on the dirt crossover portion of the hillside turf course and was later euthanized. La Sardane, who was behind Arms Runner, couldn’t avoid the fallen horse, tripped and went to the ground, but got right back up. Santa Anita had re-opened Friday after being shuttered since March 4. Despite extensive testing of the dirt course, there was no known cause for the spike in deaths.
Soccer: In MLS play, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals as the host LA Galaxy beat Portland 2-1, and Wayne Rooney had a goal an an assist for D.C. United in a 2-1 win at Orlando City.
• Toby Alderweireld’s 90th-minute own-goal helped visiting Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 and regain a two-point lead over second-place Manchester City in the English Premier League standings.
College basketball: Washington guard Jaylen Nowell, the Pac-12 Player of the Year who averaged 16.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore this season, announced he will enter the NBA draft.
College baseball: Nick Bellafronto went 4-for-4 as third-ranked Stanford (18-3, 6-0 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep at Washington State (6-20, 0-6) with a 14-2 romp. … At Evans Diamond, catcher Korey Lee hit a three-run homer — his fourth HR of the series — and a three-run double as Cal (14-11) completed a three-game sweep of Long Beach State (3-23) with a 13-5 rout. … Robert Emery homered and drove in three runs as USF (16-11, 6-3 WCC) completed a three-game sweep at Santa Clara (4-21, 0-6) with a 4-1 decision.
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