Murray to face Ferrer in Miami final
A victory over David Ferrer in the final moves Andy Murray above Roger Federer in world rankings.
MIAMI - Britain's Andy Murray fought back for a 6-7 6-1 6-2 win over France's Richard Gasquet to reach the final of the Sony Open where he will face Spaniard David Ferrer on Sunday.
Murray recovered after making a mess of the first set where he was serving for it at 5-4 but double-faulted on break point and ended up losing out in the tie-break.
Gasquet had been playing some inspired tennis but he was outplayed in the second set and the Scotsman never looked in danger in the third.
"The first set was a tough one to lose, because I obviously served for the set and then at the end of the set you kind of look up at the stats and I had hit over 20 winners and lost the set," the Scotsman told reporters.
"So I realised I had to cut out the unforced errors. I did a good job of that. Halfway through the second set I started to find the right way to play, the right shots to go for and I did well after that," he said.
Gasquet had to receive treatment for a blisters and an ankle problem but refused to blame his ailments for his defeat.
"I didn't lose because of that. I lost because he was better," said the Frenchman.
"He serves well. He returns very good. He runs a lot. He defends. He's the best defender in the world and he never misses. He's a very good player."
A victory over Ferrer in the final would move Murray above Roger Federer into second place in the world rankings.