• Ferrer takes on Haas for a spot in Miami finals

    3/29/13 4:17 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Ferrer takes on Haas for a spot in Miami finals No. 3 seed David Ferrer will take on red-hot Tommy Haas on semifinal day at the Miami Masters.

    World No. 5 David Ferrer will face down German veteran Tommy Haas with the Sony Open finals up for grabs. Ferrer has had an outstanding year so far, with just one early loss a couple of weeks ago in Indian Wells.

    The Spaniard holds titles in Buenos Aires and on hard courts in Auckland.

    Tommy Haas has been on an absolute tear this week. The German had one of the better wins of his career in the fourth round, with a shockingly easy straight-set victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The German then blitzed Gilles Simon in the quarterfinals to earn his semifinal berth.

    Ferrer holds a 2-0 head-to-head edge over Haas, but they haven't met since 2008 and their first meeting came way back in 2005.

    The Spaniard holds the edge in ranking and his results have been more impressive this season. But Haas has had a better week in Miami and his last two wins over Djokovic and Simon have been nothing short of impressive.

    Prediction - Haas for the upset win in 3.

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Logic says Ferrer in 3. Heart wants Tommy in 2.

Emiliano55 , 3/29/13 4:52 PM

The way Haas is playing now I think Ferrer has got his work cut out, frankly.

nadline , 3/29/13 5:12 PM

Haas should win. Ferrer will win.

phoenix , 3/29/13 5:27 PM

Haas should win. Ferrer will win.
phoenix, 3/29/13 5:27 PM

Ferrer is not Simon. In this case, Ferrer should win, and he will win. Even tho I would definitely love to see him lifting this trophy.

Emiliano55 , 3/29/13 5:48 PM

Haas should win. Ferrer should win.


Conspirator , 3/29/13 5:49 PM

Haas should win. Ferrer will win.
phoenix, 3/29/13 5:27 PM

Ferrer is not Simon. In this case, Ferrer should win, and he will win. Even tho I would definitely love to see him lifting this trophy.

Emiliano55 , 3/29/13 5:50 PM

I was referring to Tommy, of course.

Emiliano55 , 3/29/13 5:51 PM

Ferrer will be lucky to take a set. But he should.

RickyDimon , 3/29/13 5:54 PM

#hedging your bets

nadline , 3/29/13 6:42 PM

Ferrer for the win 6-4 6-3

tennis2011 , 3/29/13 7:07 PM

Ok my official pick for the record is Ferrer in three (1st set to Haaaaas).


Conspirator , 3/29/13 7:28 PM

Watching the match now, Haas is playing some right tennis!

rbennett , 3/29/13 8:39 PM

I just got home and turned on the match. I can't say that I am surprised to see Haas continuing to play so well.

Nativenewyorker , 3/29/13 8:41 PM

And here come Little Beast.


Conspirator , 3/29/13 9:25 PM

Yes, Ferrer has raised his level of play now.

Nativenewyorker , 3/29/13 9:31 PM

I never thought Ferrer would win this. Well Done, Daveed.

nadline , 3/29/13 10:14 PM

Congrats Meeeeee, Ferru, Emiliano, phoenix, tennis2011

Sorry for Haas, nadline, NNY, C-muzz and even @RickettyPickets, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

They don't need to play these things. Just ask Meeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!


Conspirator , 3/29/13 10:23 PM


Congratulations to you and the others who picked Ferrer. For a while there it looked like Haas might just pull it off, but Ferrer stayed strong and toughed out the win.

It's okay. I am used to losing when it comes to predictions. Sometimes I manage to get it right, though!

Congratulations to Ferrer for a hard fought win against a guy who had a marvelous run in Miami!

Nativenewyorker , 3/29/13 10:36 PM

Had to go out to dinner. Couldn't really ask my hosts to turn the TV on so only just seen the result.

Was it a good match. I had hoped that Haas might keep his level up long enough to get to the final. He will be disappointed but will be well pleased with his performance this week.

What happened to Berdych? So the dying moments of the match. Looked as though he had completely unravelled.

ed251137 , 3/29/13 10:51 PM

It was a good match. Haas started out strong and was outplaying Ferrer to take the first set. Then Ferrer raised his level of play and won the second set. In the third set, Haas broke Ferrer but was then broken back. Both guys had trouble holding their service games. But Haas broke again and was up 3-1. Unfortunately, he couldn't hold his service game so Ferrer evened it up with another break.

I thought that Haas was tiring in the latter half of the third set. Ferrer plays such a physical game and Haas started missing shots he was making earlier, his forehand went off and that was it. At 4-3 Ferrer, Haas was broken again and that was all Ferrer needed to serve it out.

I think Haas will be disappointed that he couldn't close it out when up a break, but overall he has to be proud of what he achieved in this tournament.

I didn't see the end of the Berdy/Gasquet match, but from what I did see Gasquet was playing some of his best tennis. He had an answer for anything Berdy threw at him and kept the pressure on. Berdy didn't seem to know what to do to counter Gasquet's high level of tennis.

I think it should be a good match with Murray and Gasquet.

Nativenewyorker , 3/29/13 11:42 PM

Logic says Ferrer in 3. Heart wants Tommy in 2.
Emiliano55, 3/29/13 4:52 PM

Too bad logic always win...

Emiliano55 , 3/30/13 12:05 AM

Too bad Tommy's fantastic run had to end. Ferrer wore him out with the long rallies. Tommy likes to play short points. Prior to this match he didn't become embroiled in long rallies, but Ferrer being Ferrer loves to do what he does best, keep a lot of balls in play and run, run, run. One of the reasons he's able to beat a lot of players with his type of game.

I think Murray will tame the road-runner in the final because they can both play long rallies and run a lot.

scoretracker , 3/30/13 2:28 AM

I agree. Murray can run and run the whole day and keeps up with Ferrer but Murray has better shot making abilities. It'll be a let down if Murray doesn't win this Miami title. Ferrer can't avoid facing the top four/five guys in the later rounds of tournaments, poor soul, can't even have a break other than that Paris Masters last year.

I'll be very surprised if Ferrer wins this.

luckystar , 3/30/13 3:48 AM


Wouldn't you expect Murray to play better against Ferrer than he did in the semifinals against Gasquet? I thought that Gasquet was acquitting himself quite well up until he had some kind of foot injury. I do think that Murray came up with some good stuff when he needed to, but there were times when he seemed just off his game somewhat.

Murray has the big shot that can win a match. He also has a great ROS that puts pressure on the server. I noticed that the serving stats in the Ferrer/Haas match weren't that great. Both guys were getting less that 50% of their first serves in. I believe that first serve points won was decent for both, but second serves points won was low.

I just don't think that Ferrer is playing consistently well enough to beat Murray. Even if Murray isn't in his best form, he has the weapons to challenge Ferrer.

I think Murray will win the final.

Nativenewyorker , 3/30/13 4:33 AM

Ferrer was lucky enough to take not just a set...

phoenix , 3/30/13 4:59 AM

Oh no, not an injury to Reeshad..............I hope he recovers in time for MC. He always does well on clay.

rafaisthebest , 3/30/13 6:29 AM

So early in the season and players already getting injuries! I heard Berdych also has a shoulder injury and has pulled out of DC. It's only a quarter of the season that has past but players are already playing some 20+ matches already! There're still a good 13-15 events to go for most of these players; how are they going to last the full season without getting injuries??

Do agree that neither Ferrer nor Murray is playig well this tournament, still they manage to survive and are the last two men standing. Good thing both need not play any DC tie next week.

luckystar , 3/30/13 7:29 AM

I was thinking earlier in the week the spate of injuries so early in the season does not bode well. The race to London encourages players (outside the top 4) to scramble for points whenever and wherever they can with the result we are seeing now. The problem is compounded for players who are called upon for DC.

Have never been a big fan of the WTF - just because it is the parade of the Walking Wounded for the Last Man Standing Trophy which rarely produces scinitillating matches. The autumn season is already subject to a high level of injury withdrawals and retirements e.g. Shanghai each year and the fiasco in Paris last year. It can only get worse. Guy Forget can't bank on having another Jerzy to save the day!

ed251137 , 3/30/13 9:22 AM

I like Jerzy not just because he is an exciting player but because he expressed what every player on the tour no doubt thinks about Fed but is afraid to say. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr ATP attempts to derail J's career.
Even the mighty Rafa is sought to be punished with the enforcement of the idiotic 25 secs rule for having dared to criticize the man who controls ATP.
In 2011 Rafa made a futile attempt to bring in a CEO (Krajicek) who would put tennis first but Fed wanted somebody who would put money first and guess who won? And so ATP listens when money talks.

holdserve , 3/30/13 2:01 PM

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