• Ferrer survives Haas, earns final spot in Miami

    3/29/13 11:51 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Ferrer survives Haas, earns final spot in Miami David Ferrer overcame a slow start and good play from German veteran Tommy Haas to move into the Sony Open final.

    For a the first set and a small part of the third, it looked as though crowd favorite Tommy Haas was going to pull off another big upset win.

    The German had one of the better wins of his career in the round of 16, where he took out Novak Djokovic. He had chances against the No. 3 seed, but in the end he couldn't get it done, with Ferrer finally winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

    Haas was by far the better player in the first set. Ferrer put in a sloppy, error-filled showing to give Haas the lead.

    The German had a let-down in the second set, however. Ferrer finally secured a break for a 4-2 lead, and with Haas serving at 2-5 to stay in the set, he was broken again by the Spaniard.

    Haas came out playing well in the third set, securing an immediate break of the Ferrer serve, but the Spaniard bounced right back, earning not only that break back but two others to secure the win.

    Ferrer awaits the winner of Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet in the final.

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... a very vague and biased report IMHO.. what I can read is 'as much as I would have liked Haas to win and despite playing quite well, Ferrer still spoiled the day and won'...

.. and also, it wouldn't have been such a 'big upset win' this time.. given Haas form and Ferrer not playing in his favourite surface.
Despite this article, I'm very happy for Ferrer and he fully deserves some credit from reaching the final in Miami.
Vamos Ferrer!

Shireling , 3/30/13 9:54 AM

Muzz is my second fav on the Tour but I want Ferru to win his second Masters title. Muzz is young and has years ahead of him to collect some more, Ferru doesn't.

Would I be saying the same thing if it was Rafa in place of Muzza? No, I would say some nice polite things about Ferru and hope for a Rafa win!

It's the true...........

Vamos, Ferru!!!

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 11:11 AM

I can't believe Ferru said this, but wow! I have never heard him speak with such.......bravado?

RT @Stako_tennis: "@DavidFerrer87 "So now I am in to another final, and it's okay, no? Is not surprise."? Bravo !!!"

I like it, hope he carries this attitude into the final..........if he can treat being in a final matter-of-factly, he can treat beating any of the Big 4 in the same manner.

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 11:31 AM

Yes and no. Ferrer is liked and admired by many and and yes it would be great to see him add another Master's to his c.v. at this late stage in his career.

But i don't want to see Andy lose this one either. It would make a nasty dent in his self confidence and belief.

ed251137 , 3/30/13 12:10 PM

It would make a nasty dent in his self confidence and belief.

ed251137 , 3/30/13 12:10 PM

Hadn't thought of that. You could be right, especially if the loss comes at the hands of a so-called "clay specialist".

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 12:30 PM


ed251137 , 3/30/13 12:49 PM

Muzz should, Muzz will. Lendl has said getting to no. 2 is important for Andy so our dour Scot is going to pull out all the stops to beat Ferrer. Yay in advance!
The unspoken thought in Lendl's mind was the fear, nay the certainty, that if Fed is no. 2, he (Fed) will ensure the other three are in the same half of the draw. There's no random chance involved in rigging of the draws.

holdserve , 3/30/13 1:45 PM

Regardless, the FO will ensure that Rafa and Nole are not in the same half as Roger.

If Rafa is not on the Top 4 then he will be in Nole's quarter.


Conspirator , 3/30/13 2:09 PM

ed251137 , 3/30/13 12:49 PM

Okay, I am persuaded. Muzza HAS to win:

"If Ferrer wins, Nadal?s chances to be seeded in the Top 4 at the French Open dwindle: Regardless of Ferrer?s results at Key Biscayne, he was set to retake the No. 4 ranking from Nadal after the Sony Open by virtue of Nadal, a semifinalist here last year, skipping the tournament. But a Ferrer win would push his lead over Nadal to 1,065 points heading into the clay season. If Nadal plays his full clay schedule of Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome and runs the table at all three (which he absolutely could) he would only close the gap by 910 points and would need some help from Ferrer, who is defending the quarterfinals of Madrid, semifinals of Rome and final of Barcelona last year. If Nadal can?t grab a top seed, we?re looking at an Indian Wells situation, where Nadal could be drawn to meet Federer or Djokovic in the quarterfinals. No one wants that." y-open-final/?sct=tn_t11_a4

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 2:49 PM

It won't be Fed.

Conspirator , 3/30/13 3:06 PM

^^Why do you say that @Conspirator? I would have thought the RG organisers would want to separate Nole and Rafa as much as possible given that Nole has a better chance of taking it to Rafa than Fed nowadays, even though Fed is a perennial RG crowd favourite.

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 3:15 PM

French want Fed to win so will keep Rafael away from him and hope that Nole will take him out or at least tax him.

Conspirator , 3/30/13 3:36 PM

^^understood, even though I find the logic (French's) faulty. If Nole and Rafa meet in the quarters, the most likely outcome is that Rafa will win. Even a less than 100% Rafa is still too much to handle for Fed at RG.

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 3:42 PM

Which is why they would want to have Fed avoid Rafa for as long as possible.

Conspirator , 3/30/13 4:00 PM

I agree with Conspirator's logic. Actually much though I wish to agree with RITB because I like her better, I am unable to figure out her logic.

holdserve , 3/30/13 4:45 PM

^^you're in good company @holdserve, sometimes I have trouble figuring out my own logic!

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 4:52 PM

I like RITB better than you too holdserve.

As I said before, I must be doing something right.


Conspirator , 3/30/13 5:07 PM

Am I supposed to like being liked?


rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 5:18 PM

I hope not ritb. I don't on TT. Besides, it's a relative thing.

I certainly won't go out of my way to appease others by only saying good things about one player. Not saying that's what others do but some think that's the only way and that anyone who does otherwise has hidden motives.

I'm a huge tennis fan and a Rafa fan. I have so much respect for tennis players especially all in the Top four for what they are able to do on the tennis court. I get endless enjoyment from it.

I wouldn't appreciate near as much if he played from 2002-2007 with little to challenge him.

The game would be extremely dull without the likes of Federer, Murray and Djokovic.

When I complement them, it is done honestly.


Conspirator , 3/30/13 5:32 PM

RITB: I think you were being paid a compliment or maybe it was just an olive branch waved in your direction. On the other hand he could be trying to influence your ruling in the Ed v. Holdserve case.

Either way, I'm going to sulk now like the infantile schoolgirl that I am often likened to :'o(

ed251137 , 3/30/13 6:25 PM

Rafa has a lot to answer for, this is what happens when he is not playing.................people get all cranky. And I don't blame them given the sumptuous feast they were fed through the Golden swing, topped up with that desert delight at IW.......

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 6:37 PM

Conspirator, 3/30/13 5:32 PM,

Thanks for this! I am glad to see someone standing up for the simple right to appreciate and respect the other top players. I have watched tennis my whole life and been privileged to see the greatest who ever played this sport. I can have my special favorite but also enjoy the tennis from other great players. That's what it's all about as far as I am concerned.

This idea that some here can get into anyone's mind and somehow decide that this person is not sincere or not being true to their favorite, just baffles me. I don't get it. Because we are the only ones who know what is in our minds and heart. No one else. So anyone here to presumes to decide for me if what I say is honest or just trying to ingratiate myself with others or get kudos or whatever asinine accusations have been made, just does not have a clue!

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 7:19 PM

The intrigue whilst Rafa is #5 would be who draws Rafa in their Qtr rather than the other way round.

Serena went to the AO AS #81 after being out for ages and won the title. Delpo came back ranked in the high 400 and no one wanted to draw him in the first round.

nadline , 3/30/13 7:32 PM

rafaisthebest, 3/30/13 6:37 PM,

That's one way of looking at it! However, what about when Rafa was out for seven long months? How did we manage to survive and have some solidarity then?

I have been missing him terribly. MC cannot come soon enough!

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 7:39 PM

nadline , 3/30/13 7:32 PM

Just saw the following comment by a poster called @Wheels on Queridorafa and it's interesting given Lendl's comments about the benefits accruing to Andy to being seeded #2:

"Someone made an interesting comment about Andy being no2 and how it may actually benefit rafa because then he wouldn?t have to play both Novak and Andy before a final which may be worse since matches against those 2 guys tend to be very exhausting and long since all 3 are such great defenders with similar styles. Also Andy?s more likely to trip up before the finals especially on clay;)"

Seems to me to be a very reasonable take.......

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 7:48 PM

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 7:39 PM

Here are my theories in response to your questions:

1. When Rafa was sidelined with injury for 7 months, we were too sad to get cranky. All our thoughts were focussed on Rafa, not on ourselves. We were too busy worrying about Rafa to think about ourselves. At some level, we were busy preparing ourselves for the unthinkable: that we would never see THAT Rafa again.

2. When THAT Rafa showed up during the Golden swing and IW, we went crazy and convicned ourselves that Rafa is back, nothing to worry about we can go back to being our old spoilt selves, and guess who does the spoiling: Rafa! Now we just want him playing and spoiling us, we are impatient, we want to see more of him (to make up for those lost 7 months) and impatient people are a cranky lot........

Oh okay, I know I am not making any sense...........but who cares? Rafa's back!

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 7:57 PM

rafaisthebest, 3/30/13 7:57 PM,

As a matter of fact, I think you make perfect sense! As you said, we were all just missing Rafa while he was out and wondering if he would come back and play the way we all know he can play. So maybe that united us all in some way. We also had to defend Rafa against those who were writing his obituary. I well remember some of the things that were thrown in our faces. However, when Rafa came back he spoke with his racket and made them all eat their words.

I expect Rafa to come back at MC and continue making the naysayers eat their words!

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 8:01 PM

With sensible scheduling I have a feeling Rafa 3.0 is going to take the Tour to a whole new level.

I hope the Monte Carlo tournament organisers treat Rafa with the respect he deserves. Last year they treated him like a background to Djokovic's foreground, which I thought was totally disrespectful considering the fact that Djokovic has yet to win a single MC trophy and Rafa was on an unprecedented run of winning there.

As far as I am concerned, they can start by re-naming their centre court Court Rafael Nadal., then they can name the tournament the Rafael Nadal Invitational when he retires.

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 8:09 PM


I second this! I would love to see MC renaming center court for Rafa! It would be well deserved and appropriate considering his historic record at this tournament.

I also agree about how they treated Rafa as opposed to Nole. Well said!

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 8:32 PM

Yes ritb. Just like El Fed found out at IW, Rafa is far from being the loser seeded 5. On the other hand, Rafa could be in Ferrer's Qtr and normal service will be resumed.

This is what Lendl has to say

"It's important to get many points and hopefully it will lead to potentially advantageous seedings at the French and Wimbledon," he told BBC Sport.

"That's where the biggest advantage of Andy getting to number two would be."

However, there is also a downside to the equation as the eight-time Grand Slam winner pointed out.

"The most important thing would be if Rafa is not in top form," he added. "Then it becomes very tricky because you can be unlucky and play him in the quarters." ... VccCstFDIU

#Bring it on

nadline , 3/30/13 8:47 PM

I think what Lendl actually said was - "The most important thing would be if Rafa is not in top four, not 'form'.

nadline , 3/30/13 8:50 PM

It's not too late for RG to adopt the Wimbledon seeding formula. I mean, who are they going to offer as the sacrificial lamb? Muzza, Ferru, Novak? I can see @Conspirator's point that they will keep Fed as far away from Rafa as possible, but how on earth do you justify the King of Clay being the #5 seed? This is the abomination Lendl and other right-thinking people in the tennis establishment should be railing against, instead of fantasising about Rafa's form or lack thereof...........

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 9:00 PM

It would make sense if RG adopted the Wimbledon formula.

nadline , 3/30/13 9:19 PM


On this point at least, we do agree.


You really think that they will make a conscious effort to keep Fed away from Rafa? That's really something.

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 9:51 PM

@nny, @Conspirator made the point, and why, they will try and keep Rafa and Fed apart and it made sense. They love Fed at RG and they will do anything to help him get another trophy. It would be a shame if they put Rafa in Nole's quarter as I think that should be a final match-up. Rafa-Fed will be a predictable blow-out whereas Rafa-Nole will be a street fight and that's what a Slam final deserves.

rafaisthebest , 3/31/13 7:59 AM

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