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Murray Plays Ferrer For Miami Title & World No. 2

Miami, U.S.A.

Murray© Getty ImagesAndy Murray is seeking his second Miami trophy.

MIAMI FINAL PREVIEW – MURRAY AIMING FOR NO. 2 RANKING, FERRER EYES FIRST MIAMI TITLE
• The Sony Open Tennis final on Sunday features No. 2 seed Andy Murray of Great Britain and No. 3 seed David Ferrer of Spain. Murray is looking to win his second title here (2009) and move to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, while Ferrer is looking to become the first Spaniard to win the title in tournament history (since 1985). He will improve to No. 4 in the rankings (from No. 5).

• World No. 3 Murray brings a 6-5 career head-to-head against World No. 5 Ferrer, including 5-1 on hard courts .Ferrer’s lone hard court win came at the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. This is the second time they have met in a final. On Oct. 16, 2011 Murray defeated the Spaniard 75 64 to win his last (and eighth career) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Shanghai.

• Ferrer, who turns 31 on Tuesday, is trying to become the first Spaniard to win the Sony Open Tennis title. He is the fourth different Spaniard to reach the final and he comes in with an ATP World Tour match wins-high 25-4 record and two titles in three finals. He captured his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title last November in Paris (d. Janowicz) to improve to 1-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals. He is playing here for the 11th straight year with a 25-10 record and his previous best result was the semi-finals in 2005 (l. to Nadal) and ‘06 (l. to Federer). Ferrer is 18-52 career vs. Top 5 opponents and he is looking for his first win over a Top 5 in a final (0-12). He won only one set in those finals, against No. 2 Nadal in ‘08 Barcelona (has lost 20 sets in a row). He is 1-25 in sets.

• Murray is looking to become the seventh player to win multiple titles here and move to No. 2 and overtake Federer in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Last year’s Sony Open runner-up and ’09 winnner is appearing in his 40th career ATP World Tour final (25-14 mark) and 12th ATP Masters 1000 final (8-3). Murray has a career record of 36-39 vs. Top 5 and 10-11 in finals, 6-3 in ATP Masters 1000 finals. He lost to No. 2 Djokovic at ‘12 Shanghai and No. 1 Djokovic here last year, and No. 1 Nadal at ‘09 Indian Wells.

FINALS HISTORY –
Ferrer Appearing in his 37th career ATP World Tour final………….20-16 in finals (2-1 in 2013)
 Appearing in his 5th career ATP Masters 1000 final………...1-3 in finals
Murray Appearing in his 40th career ATP World Tour level final……25-14 in finals (1-1 in 2013)
 Appearing in his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 final.........…8-3 in finals

WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $ 719,160 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $ 350,970 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points

ACTIVE CAREER ATP MASTERS 1000 MATCH WINS LEADERS -- Two of the Top 6 active ATP World Tour Masters 1000 career match wins leaders are in the finals (listed in bold):
       W-L
1) Roger Federer 272-79 4) Andy Murray 131-53
2) Rafael Nadal 235-47 5)Tommy Haas   130-94
3) Novak Djokovic 178-48 6) David Ferrer 128-81

2013 MATCH WINS LEADERS – Ferrer is No. 1 and Murray is No. 5 in match wins on the ATP World Tour:
       W-L  Titles
1) David Ferrer   25-4  2 4) Novak Djokovic 19-2  2
2) Richard Gasquet  21-5  2 5) Andy Murray 18-2  1
 Tomas Berdych   21-6  0 

CHAMPIONSHIP FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEAD – Stadium

(3) David Ferrer (ESP) vs (2) Andy Murray (GBR) Murray Leads 6-5
06 Barcelona (Spain) Clay R32 David Ferrer 4-6(5) 7-6(0) 6-1
06 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto (Canada) Hard R64 Andy Murray 6-2 7-6(6)
10 ATP Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R16 David Ferrer 6-3 6-4
10 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid (Spain) Clay QF David Ferrer 7-5 6-3
10 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR Andy Murray 6-2 6-2
11 Australian Open (Australia) Hard SF Andy Murray 4-6 7-6(2) 6-1 7-6(2)
11 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Andy Murray 6-2 6-3
11 ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (China) Hard Final Andy Murray 7-5 6-4
11 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Hard (I) RR David Ferrer 6-4 7-5
12 Roland Garros (France) Clay QF David Ferrer 6-4 6-7(3) 6-3 6-2
12 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Andy Murray 6-7(5) 7-6(6) 6-4 7-6(4)
 David Ferrer Andy Murray
 Sets Won: 13 16
 Tiebreak Sets Won: 2 6

 Match Wins By Surface:
 Clay: 4 0
 Hard: 1 5
 Grass: 0 1

FERRER FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 30-year-old, who is making his 11th showing in a row, enters with a 25-10 record. He opened with a W/O vs. Dmitry Tursunov, defeated No. 32 seed Fabio Fognini 61 75, No. 13 Kei Nishikori 64 62, Jurgen Melzer 46 63 60 and No. 15 seed Tommy Has 46 62 63. He is No. 2 in return games won (21 of 43, 49%) and winning 40% of first serve return points
• This is the first time he’s advanced to the final and his previous best results were the semi-finals in 2005 (l. to Nadal) and ’06 (l. to Federer). The past two years he lost in the QFs, to No. 15 Fish in 2011 and No. 1/eventual champ Djokovic last year
• Five of his 10 losses have come to Top 10 opponents (in last seven years)
• He is the fourth different Spaniard to reach the final. Spain is 0-5 in finals

2013 Highlights:
W(2): Auckland (d Kohlschreiber); Buenos Aires (d Wawrinka); F: Acapulco (l Nadal); SF(2): Doha (l Davydenko); Australian Open (l Djokovic)

2013 in Review:
• The No. 2 Spaniard (behind Nadal) comes in with a 25-4 record on the year (most wins on ATP World Tour), 16-3 on hard courts. He lost in 2R at Indian Wells (after bye, l. to Anderson). One of four multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year, along with Nadal (3), Djokovic (2) and Gasquet (2)
• He is appearing in his 37th career ATP World Tour final, 20-16 (8-14 on hard) in finals (2-1 in 2013)
• Appearing in his fifth career ATP Masters 1000 final, 1-3 (1-1 on hard)
• Will return to No. 4 in Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday (from No. 5), switching spots with Nadal
• Reached the final in Acapulco, as three-time reigning champion, lost to Nadal 60 62
• Successfully defended his Buenos Aires title (d. Wawrinka in three sets) and in turn, lifted his 20th ATP World Tour trophy. It was his 10th clay-court crown, moving into a third place tie with Davydenko and Federer among active players for the most titles on the surface
• At the Australian Open recorded his 500th match win over Almagro in QFs. Reached his second Australian Open SF (also 2011), losing to Djokovic in three sets. Had been attempting to become the fifth Spaniard to reach the final in tournament history
• Tied Roy Emerson’s record of four Auckland titles (d. Kohlschreiber in straight sets final) after third straight triumph. Marked the second time Ferrer had won a tournament in three successive seasons, adding to his run in Acapulco (2010-2012)
• One of 14 Spaniards in the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings, seven of which are in top 50
• Has a career 44-74 (0-2 in 2013) vs Top 10 opponents (24-33 on hard, 19-35 on clay, 1-4 on grass, 0-2 on carpet)
• Has a career 18-52 (0-12 in finals) vs Top 5, losing his last six since win over No. 4 Murray at Roland Garros last year in QF; 6-22 vs Top 5 at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, has lost last eight since win over No. 3 Murray in 2010 at Madrid in QF

SPANIARDS TO REACH MIAMI FINALS – Ferrer is the fourth different Spaniard to reach the final and he’s looking to become the first Spaniard to win the title in tournament history. Spaniards are 0-5 in finals:
David Ferrer 2013 vs. Murray
Rafael Nadal 20011 (l. to Djokovic), 2008 (l to Davydenko), 2005 (l. to Federer)
Carlos Moya 2003 (l. to Agassi)
Sergi Bruguera 1997 (l. to Muster)

FERRER VS TOP 5 IN FINALS – Ferrer is eyeing his first career Top 5 win in an ATP World Tour final (0-12):
vs. Nadal 0-7
vs. Djokovic 0-2
vs. Federer 0-1
vs. Murray 0-1
vs. Soderling 0-1

2013 MULTIPLE TITLE WINNERS – Ferrer is one of four multiple winners on the ATP World Tour this year and Murray is trying to join the list:
Rafael Nadal (3) Sao Paulo, Acapulco, ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells
Novak Djokovic (2) Australian Open, Dubai
David Ferrer (2) Auckland, Buenos Aires
Richard Gasquet (2) Doha, Montpellier

ACTIVE MATCH WINS LEADERS – Ferrer is No. 5 among active players with 513 career match wins. He is one of five active players with 500 or more match wins:
W-L
Roger Federer 891-202
Rafael Nadal  600-123
Lleyton Hewitt  574-224
Tommy Haas  514-289
David Ferrer  513-250

MURRAY FASTFACTS

Tournament Highlights:
• The 25-year-old British No. 1 has a 18-6 record in Miami and appearing in his third fina. Opened last Saturday with a 63 61 win over top Aussie Bernard Tomic, followed with a 76 63 victory over Grigor Dimitrov, then defeated No. 16 seed Andreas Seppi 62 64, 64 63 over No. 9 Marin Cilic and knocked off No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet 67 61 62
• Has hit 32 aces and held 43 of 51 service games (84%) and broken opponents 23 of 50 games (46%)
• He captured the title in ‘09 (d. No. 3 Djokovic). Also runner-up last year and semi-finalist in ‘07 (l. to Djokovic both times)
• When he’s won 2R match, has gone on to reach SFs or better. Lost in opening round in ‘06 (l. to Wawrinka), ’08 (l. to Ancic), ’10 (l. to Fish) and in ‘11 (l. to Bogomolov Jr.), last three after a bye
Tim Henman is the only other Brit to reach SF here, in 1998 (l. to Rios)
• Coach Ivan Lendl won titles in 1986 (d. Wilander) and ’89 (d. Muster W/O). Also R-up in ’87 (l. Mecir)

2013 Highlights:
W: Brisbane (d Dimitrov); F: Aust. Open (l Djokovic); QF:ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells(l del Potro)

2013 in Review:
• The World No. 3 comes in with an 18-2 record and will move to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings if he wins the title. Ranked No. 2 for four weeks from Aug. 17-Sept. 7, 2009
• Playing in his 40th career ATP World Tour level final, 25-14 (21-13 on hard) in finals (1-1 in 2013)
• Appearing in his 12th career ATP Masters 1000 final, 8-3 (all on hard), has lost last two, to Djokovic here last year and in Shanghai in October
• In last tournament reached QF at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (l. to del Potro), his first tournament since losing in the final at the Australian Open to Djokovic in four sets on Jan. 27. Beat Federer in five sets in SFs, for the first time at a major. Was attempting to become the first British man to win the title since Fred Perry in 1934 (1-5 in major finals)
• Began his ATP World Tour season by winning a second-straight Brisbane title (d. Dimitrov), his 25th career ATP World Tour level title
• Prior to the start of Indian Wells he was named Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award winner in Rio de Janeiro. Last year, captured his first major championship at the US Open, the London 2012 Olympics singles gold medal and mixed doubles silver medal
• Has a career 63-50 record (2-2 this year) vs Top 10 opponents, 36-39 (10-11 in finals) vs Top 5

ACTIVE TITLE LEADERS – Murray is No. 5 among active players on the ATP World Tour with 25 career titles:
        No.
1) Roger Federer   76
2) Rafael Nadal   53
3) Novak Djokovic  36
4) Lleyton Hewitt   28
5) Andy Murray   25

MURRAY AT NO. 2 – Murray will move to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings if he wins the title. The first time he ranked No. 2 was Aug. 17, ‘09 and he was there for four weeks. Here is the Top 5 ranking on Aug. 17, 2009:
1) Federer
2) Murray
3) Nadal
4) Djokovic
5) Roddick

MULTIPLE WINNERS AT MIAMI – Murray is trying to become the seventh player to win two or more titles here:
Andre Agassi (6): 1990, 1995-96, 2001-03
Pete Sampras (3): 1993-94, 2000
Novak Djokovic (3): 2007, ‘11-12
Roger Federer (2): 2005-06
Andy Roddick (2): 2004, ‘10
Ivan Lendl (2): 1986, ‘89

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS 1000 TITLE LEADERS – Murray is looking for his ninth career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. Here are the leaders since 1990:
     No.
1) Rafael Nadal 22
 2) Roger Federer 21
3) Andre Agassi 17
4) Novak Djokovic 13
5) Pete Sampras 11
6) Andy Murray  8
 Thomas Muster  8 

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