David Ferrer will bid for a second ATP Masters 1000 title in his last three such events Sunday against Andy Murray in the Sony Miami Open Tennis final. Ferrer twice overcame being down a break in the third set to sneak past Tommy Haas 46, 62, 63 yesterday and he knows against the favored Murray he’ll have to play better.
“I will have to do everything good. I will have to improve my first serve, to play obviously with my forehand sure for to beat him,” said Ferrer who actually outaced Haas 7-1.
Ferrer has beaten Murray five times in 11 meetings, but the Spaniard is just 1-5 on the hardcourts against Andy. But Ferrer is confident of his recent form in 2013 and as always is ready for the challenge.
“I start very good this season,” he said. “I did semifinal in Australian Open. I won two tournaments, one final in Acapulco. I am playing very regular this season. So now I am in to another final, and it’s okay, no? Is not surprise. Of course it’s very difficult to be in one final and of one Masters 1000, but it’s going to be my fifth final in these tournaments, no?”
It’s Ferrer’s first final in Miami after losing twice in the semis before. With it’s heavy Latin culture, it no surprise Ferrer enjoys playing in South Florida.
“Of course it’s easy for the Spanish players, no, because we can speak the Spanish language and we have all the facilities outside,” Ferrer said earlier in the week. “I like the city, and we have the beach and we have some friends also. It is very comfortable to be here.”
Win or lose, Ferrer will return to the No. 4 ranking, ahead of the idle Rafael Nadal, on Monday. His goal, though, is the finish Top 8 and qualify for London at the end of the year. It’s a good bet he’ll do both.
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