Linked Over the Past 52 Weeks
Andy Murray and David Ferrer had a pair of intense matches at the 2012 French Open and Wimbledon events. Each man took a hard earned four set victory on his preferred surface. Since that time, Murray has won an Olympic Gold Medal and a US Open title. Ferrer led the tour in tournament victories in 2012 and won his first Masters 1000 crown. Both have had some tough losses as well. Novak Djokovic made Andy Murray into a three-time Australian Open runner-up. Ferrer got smashed by Djokovic in Australia and by Nadal in Acapulco. The winner will leave the first portion of 2013 with momentum.
Ferrer Deserves Credit
David Ferrer reached his first French Open semifinal in 2012 only to be crushed by Rafael Nadal. He followed that with a grass court title, a victory over Andy Roddick on grass, and a tough Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to Andy Murray. Ferrer reached the 2012 US Open and 2013 Australian Open semifinal rounds. Novak Djokovic then laid a beating on Ferrer. All David did was go win Buenos Aires and reach the final in Acapulco. Once again he took a one-sided beating at the hands of one of his superiors on tour (this time Nadal). All David has done is reach a Masters 1000 final in Miami. Ferrer is undeterred by some harsh reminders that he lacks the weapons generally needed to claim tennis’ biggest prizes. If he wins Miami, he’ll add that to his Paris title from 2012 and various Davis Cup victories.
Andy Murray is at Home
Miami is a training ground for Andy Murray. He has played quite well at this Masters event. Miami’s slow hard courts are ideally suited for his return game. Murray won Miami in 2009 and was runner-up in 2012. These factors would seemingly bode well for him versus Ferrer. Murray has a 6-5 head-to-head record versus Ferrer. He is 5-1 on hard courts in their rivalry. Still, the 2011 Australian Open semifinal went 4 sets, and Ferrer has had more success versus Murray than any of the other members of the big 4. All of this leads me to predict a close victory for Murray. I think Murray wins his second title in Miami 7-5, 7-5.