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Murray outslugs Ferrer for Sony Open title

March 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

MIAMI, March 31 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Andy Murray fought off match point in the third set Sunday and staged a rally to overcome David Ferrer for the championship of the Sony Open.

Murray rallied from a game down in the final set and went on to beat the third-seeded Spaniard 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1) in a grueling 2-hour, 45-minute match at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.

The Briton broke ahead 5-4 in third, but Ferrer won the next two games and set up championship point after Murray mishit a volley.

In the final game, Ferrer challenged a Murray shot as too long but was overruled upon video review, triggering a slide that ended in a lopsided tiebreak loss.

Murray's 26th career title and second in Miami will likely enable him to bypass Roger Federer for the world No. 2 ranking. He improved to 6-1 lifetime against Ferrer on hard courts.

Ferrer fell to 0-13 in finals against Top 5 players.

Despite the loss, Ferrer is expected to move up to the world No. 4 spot.

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