After falling behind early, Andy Murray rallied to beat David Ferrer in the finals of the 2013 Sony Tennis Open by a score of 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), according to the tournament's official Twitter account:
The final was as close as possible, coming down to a tiebreak in the third and final set. By the end of the match, the two men could barely stand.
In the first set, Murray did not even look like himself. Ferrer went up 5-0 right away, and it did not seem like the Scottish player could do anything about it. Although he eventually won two games, he could not win a third and double-faulted to lose the opening set.
Fortunately, the second set was much more exciting. After Murray took a 4-2 lead, Ferrer came right back to tie the set thanks to a number of wins in long rallies of 20 shots or more. In the end, the No. 2 seed came through with the much-needed win and won the set 6-4.
The third set was more of the same, with the two trading punches back and forth until Murray was finally able to pull away in the tiebreak.
Ferrer had gotten as close as championship point in the third set, but he was unable to secure the victory.
While it was not always pretty, Murray hit shots when it mattered, and he did enough to come away with the win.
Both players were fortunate to have seen some upsets early in the tournament.
Tommy Haas knocked out top seed Novak Djokovic before the quarterfinals. Ferrer then beat Haas in three sets in the semifinals. Additionally, Murray had to face No. 8 Richard Gasquet in the previous round instead of No. 4 Tomas Berdych.
Still, you cannot control what other people do in a tournament, and the two finalists took care of business to reach the last round.
This is Murray's second singles title of the season, and he is playing some of the best tennis of his career. He has reached the finals in the last three Grand Slam tournaments, and he won the 2012 U.S. Open. He will look to continue this strong play into the tougher portion of the tennis season.
On the other side, Ferrer also has two tournament wins this season after winning seven in 2012. The Spanish player is looking to make his way into the elite group of players that features Djokovic, Murray, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Of course, it still comes down to success at Grand Slam tournaments. Ferrer reached the semifinals in the most recent French Open, U.S. Open and Australian Open, but he needs to take that next step to truly raise his profile.
With the 2013 French Open coming up soon, the talented player will get a chance to show that he is truly among the best in the world.
Still, the Sony Open is a great measuring stick to see how well players are performing at this point of the season. It is obvious that both Murray and Ferrer are currently at their best.