Re: Madrid TMS 2010
Relentless Ferrer dispatches Murray
Ferrer, who is in scintillating form this spring and also reached the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and Barcelona as well as the final in Rome, will next face the only non-Spanish man in the final four, world number one Roger Federer.
The ninth-seeded Spaniard got off to a blistering start, breaking in just the second game, and looked poised for a repeat of the comfortable straight sets win he recorded over the Brit in Rome two weeks ago.
But Murray, who turned 23 as the match went on past midnight, has enjoyed a better run in Madrid and, after threatening in the seventh game, eventually broke back in the ninth, when Ferrer sent a backhand long.
The Scot earned himself yet more break points just two games later, producing a stunning cross court forehand return of serve that dumbfounded Ferrer. But the tenacious Spaniard quickly recovered with some blistering ground-strokes and went on to hold when Murray slapped a backhand into the net.
After stopping the run of three games against him, Ferrer managed to wrestle back momentum from Murray and grabbed the tight first set at his second attempt with a series of huge inside out forehands down the line nicely opening up the court for the cross court forehand winner.
Despite holding break points in the opening game of the second set, Murray was again left disappointed as Ferrer held on. And the frustration finally began to tell on the Scot when he slapped consecutive backhands long of the baseline to hand Ferrer an early break.
However just when the stubborn Scot looked undone, he somehow found a way back into the match, breaking back in the fifth game as Ferrer, who conceded serve with a forehand into the net, suffered a slight slump.
Ferrer, the more natural of the two players on clay, refused to look concerned though and teed up another break chance three games later with a blistering cross court forehand winner.
And although Murray saved it, and a second break point, he eventually succumbed, dropping serve on the third break point after a cross court forehand into the tramlines.
From there Ferrer had little worries, serving out the match to love when Murray dumped a cross court backhand into the net.