Federer to face Isner in final

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Updated: March 18, 2012

John Isner pulled off the biggest upset of his career at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday before Roger Federer imperiously outplayed long-time rival Rafa Nadal in the other semifinal.

Big-serving American Isner overpowered world No 1 Novak Djokovic 7-6 3-6 7-6 and will face three-time champion Federer in Sunday’s final, the Swiss having eased past Spaniard Nadal 6-3 6-4.