Found March 29, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
Tommy Haas during his Sony Open semifinal match against David Ferrer MIAMI, FL (March 29, 2013) – In a battle of the 30-and-older ATP veterans, world No. 5 David Ferrer braved out a bold Tommy Haas at the Sony Open in a two-hour topsy-turvy match. The Spaniard solidified his place in his fifth Masters final and looks to win his second Masters title after being victorious in Paris last year. Though he lost today, Haas didn’t leave empty-handed, but rather notched a few points into the history books during his run this week. In a match that saw ten breaks of serve, it was the clear the fresher player would inevitably win the grinding match. Early in the third set, Haas went up 3-1 before his forehand and serves started to break down, and the unforced errors crept in. Unable to adjust, Ferrer capitalized on the opening and kept pushing Haas into long rallies, tiring the German into more errors. Ferrer went on to win the next five games and seal the win, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After losing the ...

Ferrer beats Haas, reaches final

Tommy Haas on Friday made a bold bid to reach the final of the Sony Open five days before his 35th birthday -- but David Ferrer, the relentless roadrunner from Spain, was too tough, too determined and, in the end, just TWO good. Despite breaking serve twice in the final set, Haas went down 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to Ferrer, who will be appearing in his fourth final of the year on Sunday,...

Tommy Haas: The Golden Boy of the Sony Open

Tommy Haas once again making history at the Sony Open By Jane Voigt MIAMI, FL (March 28, 2013) — People say Roger Federer dances on court, his smooth tennis a testament to a sport that brutalizes fuzzy yellow balls. Some people say Tommy Haas is cut from the same cloth as Federer when it comes to movement. Both are graceful athletes in their early 30s. They hit one-handed backhands...

Ferrer Beats Haas in Three Sets to Reach Miami Final

  By Amy Fetherolf (March 29, 2013) MIAMI — World No. 4 David Ferrer fought back from a set down to beat World No. 18 Tommy Haas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, advancing to the Sony Open final. Haas came out picking up where he left off in beating both Novak Djokovic and Gilles Simon in straight [...]

Backhanded Complements: Sony Open Men’s Semifinals Preview

Will the fierce terrier from Spain wear down the German veteran? (Photo: Christopher Levy for Tennis Grandstand) In the men’s semifinals at the Sony Open, two underdogs with elegant one-handed backhands face two top-five men with more functional two-handers.  While both of the underdogs have continued to sizzle through the draw after catching fire earlier this week, they face...

We are (still) Young

  I know we all grow tired of reading those pieces that pop up on websites, newspapers or blog posts claiming that 40 is the new 30 or 50 is the new 40. However, I’m sure we all get that little kick of adrenaline daydreaming what it would be like if our birth certificates magically knocked of 10 years. Well this week, we had one of those is it ‘2003’ moments when nearly 35...

Murray edges Ferrer to win Sony Open

Andy Murray has erased a championship point and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the final of the Sony Open. One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the far baseline to stay in the match Sunday. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one rally. CBS cut away from the final when...

Murray, Ferrer reach Sony Open final

Even from the cheap seats, the ones with a lovely view of the Miami skyline, a thud reverberated when Andy Murray angrily whacked his tennis bag with his racket. Murray was miffed after losing the first set of Friday's semifinal at the Sony Open. But he found no further need to punish his equipment, rallying past a gimpy Richard Gasquet 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2. Murray's opponent...

CBS cuts away from conclusion of Sony Open final

CBS cut away from the dramatic conclusion of the Sony Open men's final on Sunday, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida. Andy Murray rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), and the network ended its telecast when the third set went to the tiebreaker. Tennis Channel televised the end of the final, and CBS later showed a replay of...

Ferrer Outlasts Melzer to Reach Miami Semifinals

By Amy Fetherolf (March 27, 2013) MIAMI — Despite dropping the first set in an error-filled match, World No. 5 David Ferrer advanced to the semifinals of the Sony Open, beating Jurgen Melzer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in an hour and 55 minutes. Ferrer started strongly, breaking Melzer for 2-0. However, Melzer then rattled off five [...]

Murray, Federer leave it all on court

In a grueling duel that raised questions about where pro tennis wants to go, Andy Murray won the Sony Open for the second time, claiming a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over Spain's David Ferrer. This was not a classic. Neither man played well enough for that. But given the slow speed of the court, the strings that have changed the way the game is played and the fact Murray and...

Can David Be Goliath? Sony Open Men’s Final Preview

Will the division of hardware be the same in Miami as it was in Shanghai? A clear line of demarcation separates the encounters between David Ferrer and Andy Murray by surface.  While the world No. 5 has reigned supreme over their rivalry on clay, the world No. 3 has dictated the terms of their matches on outdoor hard courts.  Most notable of those was the straight-sets final that...
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