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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Tennis

Murray, Ferrer advance to the final of Sony Open
Agencies
Key Biscayne (Florida), March 30, 2013
First Published: 07:25 IST(30/3/2013)
Last Updated: 00:07 IST(31/3/2013)

Andy Murray returned to the final of Sony Open with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet.

Murray lost a set for the first time in tournament when Gasquet played a brilliant tiebreaker. But Gasquet appeared to hurt his right foot and received treatment from a trainer after the second set, and he limped at times in the latter stages of the match.

Murray’s opponent on Sunday will be No. 3-seeded David Ferrer, who beat No. 15 Tommy Haas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Murray won the tournament in 2009 and was runner-up last year.

Overtaking Gasquet
The Scotsman overtook Gasquet despite twice double-faulting on break point.

He had a 38-19 edge in winners and converted seven of eight break-point chances. He’s ranked No. 3 and would climb to No. 2 if he wins the title.

The No. 3-seeded Ferrer won the last five games of his semifinal and improved to 25-4 this year. He leads the tour in victories and is trying to become the first Spaniard to win the Key Biscayne men's championship.

Rafael Nadal is a three-time runner-up, and Spaniards are 0-5 in the final. “I will try to do my best to win Sunday,” Ferrer said. “It's going to be very difficult.”

A tad easy
Britain’s Andy Murray has revealed that a self-administered pep-talk in a courtside toilet helped him to end his long wait for Grand Slam success at last year's US Open.

Murray had lost his first four Grand Slam finals and appeared set for more heartache after squandering a two-set lead against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at Flushing Meadows in September last year.

However, he says a timely toilet break between the fourth and fifth sets enabled him to get his challenge for the trophy back on track.


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