Murray Saves Match Point Win Miami Title

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World number three Andy Murray of Britain defeated World number 5 David Ferrer of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1) in the final of Sony Open Miami. The final was full of twists and turns. With the win, Murray has taken over the number 2 spot in ATP rankings from Swiss ace Roger Federer. Murray had to save a match point before winning the final set tie break.

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It was Ferrer who played better and created more chances in the opening set as he broke Murray three times. Murray committed many unforced errors and served 3 double faults. The second set was reverse of the first one as Murray reduced unforced errors and started to play more steadily. This time, Ferrer made more errors as he struggled to hold serve. He was broken first but got back to level at 4-4. However, he failed to hold serve again and Murray eventually served out the second set to level the match.

In the 3rd set, there were 6 breaks of serves. Finally, it was Ferrer who held serve for the first time in the set to lead 4 games to 3. Murray later held serve and broke Ferrer for the fourth time in the set to serve for the match. He failed to finish the job and the match was even at 5 games apiece. Ferrer got a match point on Murray’s serve in the 12th game but an unwise decision to challenge an in ball cost him the match as he was completely swept aside in the tie break.

The title was Murray’s 26th career title and ninth Masters 1000 trophy. It was Murray’s second win here in Miami as he also won the title in 2009. In this season, it is Murray’s second title after winning in Brisbane (d. Dimitrov). Ferrer was trying to win his 2nd ATP Masters 1000 title. His first was in Paris last November where he defeated Jerzy Janowicz.

 

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