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Murray back to No. 2: 'hopefully I can go higher'

Published on Apr 1, 2013 6:10 AM
Britain's Andy Murray poses with the champion's trophy on the beach near the stadium where he defeated Spain's David Ferrer in their men's singles final match at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida on March 31, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

MIAMI (AFP) - Andy Murray's razor-thin victory over David Ferrer for the Miami Masters crown will send the Scot to No. 2 in the world rankings for the second time in his career, but he was too tired to celebrate on Sunday.

Murray rallied after a slow start in the opening set and survived a Hawk-Eye replay call at match-point down in the final set to subdue Spain's Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1) in a punishing match in the heat and humidity of Key Biscayne.

Ferrer was stricken by cramps in the final-set tiebreaker, while Murray opted not to receive treatement on a tweaked ankle just to avoid prolonging the endurance test.

"We were both in the locker room afterwards," Murray said. "I wasn't up celebrating with my team. We were just kind of sitting there, because we're just incredibly, incredibly tired after a match like that." The 25-year-old Scot captured his first title in the ATP's elite Masters series since he beat Ferrer in Shanghai in 2011.

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