Seven years ago Andy Murray won his second Miami Open title and his 9th Masters 1000 title on the 31st of March 2013.
Down at Crandon Park in Key Biscane, Florida the Brit faced an incredibly tough challenge in the final. On his way to the semi-finals he saw off:
All defeated without a set dropped.
In the semi-finals he had to come from a set down against the flair of Richard Gasquet but after losing the first set on the tie-break the Brit won 12 of the next 15 games to find his way into the final.
His opponent in the final was David Ferrer, the Spaniard also had to go the long way around in the final four to see off Tommy Haas who earlier in the week took out number one seed Novak Djokovic.
Coming into the final Murray led the head to he’d against Ferrer at 6-5.
Despite seven of those eleven matches being won in straight sets it was always a battle against two of the tours hardest working players who never gave.
Take one of the most tenacious players in David Ferrer and have the 26 degree heat of Miami thrown into the mix it certainly lived up to expectations.
As an Andy Murray fan I would have happily taken a stress free performance but as expected it had everything.
For the British number one it could not have been a worse opening set. Ferrer was racing around the back of the court and the errors flew off the racket of the Brit.
Ferrer was a live wire, he got every ball back and hit with great depth. Murray was broken immediately with an unforced backhand error into the net and from there the first set was straight forward. 2-0 quickly became 5-0 and a couple of games later down 0-40 on serve Murray double faulted to gift Ferrer a lead.
It could only get better?
Murray found that early break but never lost serve himself in the second set but was made to work extremely hard for it.
At 3-2 it looked like being a straight forward hold which got out of hand with Ferrer seeing two break back points but some incredible hitting and line painting from the Brit got himself out of trouble. Moments after getting himself out of trouble he found himself back in it again…
Two saved overheads and then a forehand miles wide by the second seed prolonged the seventh game but it didn’t stop the Brit who sealed the second set 6-4.
After 2 hours and 40 minutes Murray was serving to stay in the match at 5-6.
A well crafted point from Ferrer in the final stages gave him that first look-in on a pivotal game. The intensity ramped up to another level as the Spaniard worked his way to a match point. Both players were on their knees following a lung-busting rally which was stopped by Ferrer who challenged the Murray forward, but it was in…
Match point saved, tie-break time!
Murray got the immediate mini-break and from there on in didn’t look back as he won 7-1 in the tie-break winning his 9th Masters 1000 title!
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