Just two sets is all Andy Murray’s needs to sweep all three Asian ATP weeks this fall. Murray, a winner at Bangkok and Tokyo, seeks his third straight title later tonight against Spaniard David Ferrer in the finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Murray has been sparkling this second half of the season winning 24 of his last 25 matches including 14 straight. His only loss during that run came to Rafael Nadal in the US Open semifinals.
And if he beats Ferrer he’ll also pass Roger Federer to become the No. 3 ranked player in the world for the first time. Federer has been ranked among the Top 3 since July 7, 2003 following his maiden Grand Slam title.
“It would be nice to finish the year off No. 3 if I can because that would be the highest ranking I finished at,” Murray said. “It’s not the ultimate goal, but it’s a step in the right direction.”
The fifth ranked Ferrer is seeking his first career Masters title. The 29-year-old won a third set tiebreak thriller on Friday before needing another three set to oust countryman Feliciano Lopez in the semifinals.
“Is very special to be again in the final here,” said Ferrer. “I did in 2007. I will try to do my best for win tomorrow. I never win a Master 1000, and is very important for me, for my career, for my tennis career.”
Murray leads Ferrer in their 4-3 head-to-head and the Scot is 4-0 on hardcourts including a 62 63 Murray win in Tokyo.
“He’s always tough,” Murray said of Ferrer. “He’s No. 5 in the world, so one of the toughest guys on the tour to play against. Yeah, I mean, I played well against him last week. But every match is obviously different. He’s definitely going to be bang up for the match tomorrow. He’s got a great attitude. He fights, well, right until the end in every single match. It’s definitely a match where if I want to win, I’m going to have to play very, very well.”
Said Ferrer, “Yeah, Andy is playing amazing, no? He won the last two tournaments. I lost against him in Tokyo easy, 63, 62. I know every week is different. But tomorrow I need to improve my game for to win to Andy. He’s a top player, and I need to play my best tennis tomorrow for to win.”
Murray owns 20 career ATP titles, four this year and the 2010 Shanghai title. Ferrer has 11, two coming this season.
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