Murray outlasts Ferrer to win second Miami title|
Key Biscayne, FL (Sports Network) - Andy Murray fought back from match point
down to beat David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in Sunday's final at the Sony
The grueling match at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park lasted two hours, 45
minutes and featured a bevy of long, grinding rallies that took a physical
toll on the combatants. Both men continually ran down shots, leaving them
gasping for air.
"It's taking a little while to sink in, because it's tough to think really at
the end of the match," Murray remarked. "It was so tough physically and
mentally that you were just trying to play each point. I wasn't thinking too
much only because I was so tired and [did] not [have] too many nerves at the
end of the match, either."
Murray, seeded second, overcame a sluggish start to claim the second set with
a strong service game.
Holds became elusive, however, as the final set started with six service
breaks in a row. Murray broke again to go up 5-4, but the third-seeded Ferrer
won the next two games and a mishit volley by Murray gave him championship
On the verge of making history at Key Biscayne, Ferrer challenged a Murray
shot he deemed long. The video showed it caught the baseline, and a fatigued
Ferrer ended up losing in a lopsided tiebreak.
"It was a very close match. I had my chance on the match point," Ferrer said.
"The ball, it was really close. I saw it out...I [made] my decision in that
moment. It's a bad moment now. I don't want to think anymore about that. I
want to forget as [fast] as possible."
By capturing his 26th career title, Murray will climb to No. 2 in the world
rankings, leapfrogging Roger Federer. It was his second championship at this
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, adding to his 2009 triumph.
The British star improved his head-to-head record against Ferrer to 7-5,
including a 6-1 mark on hard courts.
Ferrer, who turns 31 on Tuesday, committed 50 unforced errors, five more than
his opponent, and fell to 0-13 in finals against Top 5 players. He was looking
to become the first Spaniard to win the title in the tournament's 28-year
history. Spaniards are now 0-6 in finals here.
Despite the setback, Ferrer will move up one spot to No. 4 in the world
rankings, switching places with countryman Rafael Nadal.
Ferrer took advantage of Murray's sloppy start to sweep the first five games
of the match. Murray then double-faulted to close out a disappointing first
The 25-year-old Murray's play began to turn around in the second set as he
consolidated a break with a hold for a 3-1 lead. Ferrer leveled the set at 4-4
before being broken again.
03/29 21:27:31 ET