2013 Miami Masters – Murray Beats Ferrer to Win Title

Andy Murray Miami

Andy Murray saved a match point as he battled past David Ferrer in a gruelling final to win his second Miami title and regain the world number two ranking.

The match was decided on a tie break and in the end Murray won 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7-1) to claim his ninth Masters title and 26th career title. The Scot will also rise to number 2 in the rankings on Monday, passing Roger Federer.

Andy Murray started the match poorly, he dropped the opening 5 games to trail the Spaniard 0-5 in the first set before he rallied slightly to claim one break back before eventually losing the set 2-6.

Murray carried that better form into the second set and moved ahead a break early in the set only for Ferrer to level the set at 4-4. At that point Murray looked rattled, at one stage arguing with the umpire after being warned for slow play. Ferrer then played a poor game, gifting the advantage back to Murray with four errors, and the Briton enjoyed a rare easy service game to level after one and a half hours.

The third set was a war of attrition and the┬ábrutal humidity really took it’s toll on both players. Ferrer had the trainer on to massage his legs at several changeovers, much to Murray’s annoyance. After six successive breaks, it felt like Ferrer had taken a major step towards the title when he held for 4-3, but Murray responded with a hold of his own and another break meaning he was now serving fro the match.

Murray could not serve it out and Ferrer held is next service game to take a 6-5 lead and earned a match point, but a forehand from Murray landed on the baseline which Ferrer called for a failed Hawk-Eye challenge and from then on Ferrer won just 1 more point.

Murray held serve moments later to force the tie-break and then dominated from the moment he won the opening point on a net cord. The match finished with 14 breaks of serve and left both men visibly struggling in the latter stages. After the win Murray said,

It was such a tough match. It could have gone either way, both of us were struggling physically at the end. It’s so tough against him. He has a great attitude, he’s a great fighter. I am sure we will have more tough matches in the future. I just managed to fight well in the end. They were incredibly difficult conditions, very windy, extremely humid and hot. I served poorly and if I’d served better, I could have made things easier for myself. That’s something I’ll need to do better during the clay season.