Andy Murray enjoyed a relaxed game of football with Ross Hutchins and members of his team as he prepares for BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Andy Wins Epic to Secure Miami Title and World Number Two
Andy has won his twenty sixth career title after winning a gruelling three set epic against world number four David Ferrer.
The match from the outset always looked destined to be a gruelling affair with long rallies from the outset, however it was Ferrer that flew out of the blocks, racing to a 5-0 lead. Andy began to settle, taking back two games, however he had left himself too much to do to salvage the first set and Ferrer secured the set 6-2.
The second set saw a considerably improved Andy break straight away to lead 2-0, however it was not to be plain sailing, as Ferrer replied with a break of his own. Andy however decisively broke at 4-4, and then emphatically served out the second set taking it 6-4.
The real drama of the day developed in the third set, both players appeared to be struggling under the Miami sun and both struggled to hold serve. The first hold of serve didn’t arrive until Ferrer held to lead 4-3. However undeterred by Ferrer’s hold of serve, Andy immediately hit back, holding and then breaking Ferrer to lead 5-4. Undeterred by the pressure of Andy serving for the match Ferrer immediately replied to level the score at 5-5 and then go on to lead 6-5. Serving to stay in the match, Andy was forced to save an epic match point to force the match back to deuce and then to a tie break. An inspired Andy then stormed head first into the tie break, racing into a 3-0 lead. It seemed from then on, the deficit was too large as Andy closed out the match confidently and emphatically dominating the tie break 7-1.
Speaking after the match Andy said “It was such a tough match it could’ve gone either way, I mean both us fought as hard as we could, we both struggling physically and I was lucky enough to come through.” Paying tribute to his opponent Andy credited Ferrer saying “David is one of the best players in the world, its so tough to play against him, he’s incredible, he’s got a great attitude and he is a great fighter, I’m sure we will have more tough matches in the future.” Also Andy commented on the incredible atmosphere at the tournament, saying to the delight of the crowd “I love playing here I love training here, its a great city and its great to come back here, the atmosphere was unbelievable, so thank you everyone.”
Andy has now passed Roger Federer in the ATP World Rankings to secure the world number two rank, his highest rank since 2009.