Murray Edges Ferrer in Battle Royal at Sony Open

by John on April 1, 2013

Murray Sony Final (1)

It wasn’t pretty. It resembled a heavyweight prizefight more than a tennis match. In a grueling display of guts and determination Scotsman Andy Murray out-ground the ultimate grinder, defeating Spaniard David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the final of the Sony Open yesterday afternoon in humid Miami. With both combatants wobbling at the end, Murray staved off a match point in the penultimate game of the contest, and somehow found enough energy in the tiebreaker to take the match going away. The title, Murray’s second at Miami (2009) and second of the year (Brisbane), allowed the Scot to supplant Roger Federer at No. 2 in the world in Monday’s ATP rankings. “It was a brutal, brutal match today,” Murray said afterwards. “Both of us were kind of on our last legs. It was good it wasn’t a best-of-five-set match, because I don’t know how the last few sets would have ended up.” Ferrer came out the aggressor and rolled to a 5-0 lead in the opening set, breaking Murray in the second and fourth games, before dropping his own serve in the seventh. The Spaniard steadied and broke Murray at love in the next game though to take the set handily. Ferrer won the first game of the second set, saving a break point after winning a 35-shot rally, but that was his last lead of the set. Murray parlayed breaks in the third and ninth games to even the match at a set apiece. The Scotsman did have a slight hiccup, surrendering his serve in the eighth game, but was clearly the steadier player in the set. The deciding set featured eight breaks of serve (four apiece), including six in a row to start the set. With Murray limping slightly between points and Ferrer starting to cramp, the Scotsman served at 5-6 to stay alive. Facing match point, Murray dodged a bullet when Ferrer stopped play mid-rally to challenge a forehand called good. HawkEye confirmed the shot landed on the baseline and the Scot won the point. Murray took the tiebreaker with ease (7-1) to end the battle royal in two hours and 45 minutes. “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 reaching the final, Ferrer also moved up one slot in the rankings to No. 4, overtaking Rafael Nadal, who skipped the tournament. There were 15 breaks of serve in the match, eight by Ferrer and seven by Murray.

 

 

 

 

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