Tennis: Murray sinks Ferrer to claim World No 2 spot

Andy Murray, of Great Britain, reacts after defeating David Ferrer in the final of the Miami Masters
Andy Murray, of Great Britain, reacts after defeating David Ferrer in the final of the Miami Masters
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Andy Murray moved to number two in the world as he sealed the Sony Open title in a gruelling encounter with David Ferrer in Miami.

Murray was far from his best for long periods yesterday, losing the first set and seeing his own serve frequently broken by his Spanish opponent.

But the Scot clung on for over two hours and 45 minutes, staving off a match point late in the third set, to claim a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (7/1) win, climbing above Roger Federer in the rankings and lifting the trophy for the second time in his career.

There were a total of 15 breaks of serve in a match that was both ragged and fascinating. But despite the satisfying result and the rankings boost it brings, Murray admitted he would need to do better with his serve if he was to continue winning.

“I served poorly. If I’d served better I could have made it easier and that’s something I need to do better in the clay court season,” he said. “If I serve better I’ll be able to win matches like today more comfortably. It’s easier to return on clay so it’s even more important to serve well.”

The British No 1 added: “That sort of match a couple of years ago I probably would have lost...I was up a break three or four times in the third set and kept letting him back in through some loose shots.”