David Ferrer, to put it mildly, is putting the pressure on himself for Sunday’s men’s championship of the Sony Open.
“I will have to do everything good,” Ferrer said, not leaving himself much room, if any, for error.
Ferrer, a 30-year-old Spaniard who turns 31 Tuesday, goes into Sunday’s final against Andy Murray of Britain, who is 25 until his birthday Wednesday. One of them will get the Sony Open championship trophy and get to eat their cake, too.
Going into the 11:30 a.m. match, Murray seemingly has a slight edge based on youth and court coverage.
To stand a chance against Murray, who won this tournament in 2009, Ferrer acknowledged he has to execute to the highest level possible on the purple courts at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.
“It’s going to be very difficult, no?” Ferrer asked, not really expecting an answer.
Nevertheless, Murray provided an answer to that question. Yes, Murray will try to make it extremely difficult for Ferrer, although he also throws in a bit of caution with his assessment.
“David, after this week, will be in the top four [in the world] again, and he deserves to be there because of his consistency,” Murray said.
“He’s also started to play better the last few years in the big events. He’s made quarters of Wimbledon, semis of the French Open, semis of the Australian Open, semis of the U.S. Open.
“He’s not struggling to play well in the big events. So that’s why he’s there, and he’ll be a very tough match on Sunday.”
Murray said he knows Ferrer will not concede anything to him
“Ferrer has a great attitude on the court,” Murray said. “He fights for every single point. He plays every single point hard, and that’s why it’s tough against him.”
Murray, who spends much of his time at his home in Brickell just 10 minutes from the Crandon Tennis Center, said his game was in shape — but not necessarily in perfect shape.
After his 6-7 (7-3), 6-1, 6-2 semifinal victory over France’s Richard Gasquet, Murray said he needed to cut his unforced errors.
And that’s exactly what Murray did in the second and third sets, which he dominated.
If Murray makes adjustments like that in the final, Ferrer, trying to become the first Spaniard to win a Sony Open title, has a difficult task awaiting him.
Ferrer knows that all-too-well. However, he made one promise to himself and the fans.
“I will try my best to win,” he said
Men’s doubles title
Miami boasted a Sony Open tennis champion Saturday.
Julien Rojer, originally from Curacao but who grew up in Miami and went to Killian High, teamed with Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan to win the men’s doubles championship 6-3, 6-2 over Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez on Stadium Court.
“I love Miami and the people here,” Rojer said. “This is pretty much my Grand Slam tournament. I grew up on these courts, and this was special.”