WTF RR: Ferrer Beats Murray, 6-4 7-5

David Ferrer pulled off a surprise upset over Andy Murray in the first round-robin match for their group.  This is Ferru’s first win over Muzz on the hard court.  The H2H record now improves to 4-5, in favor of Muzz.

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The 1st set featured impressively flat forehands from Muzz, which showed how much of a force he can be on the court.  With Muzz serving at 4*-5, Ferru was able to break with impressive volleys and shot-making of his own.  At the end of the 1st set, Muzz showed difficulty with his hip/groin area.   After taking an MTO, Muzz got back into the match, which followed a pattern of each man being broken early on in the set.  In the end, Muzz’s high unforced error count and somewhat limited mobility held him back, as he endured a straight-sets defeat to Ferru.

Muzz later confirmed he had a groin injury and that he’d decide on Tuesday whether or not he would stay in the tournament.

While Muzz’s injury may overshadow the match, there was a poignant moment from Ferru that confirms his image as a deserving, honest and hard-working player.  During the match, Muzz served with a ball that was clearly dead.  Ferru took it upon himself to tell the umpire that the ball was dead, which allowed Muzz a replay of serve.

This act of sportsmanship echoes Ferru’s 4th-round Roland Garros match against Monfils this year, when late in the 4th or 5th set, he conceded an ace to the Frenchman and wiped the mark off the court on his own.

At Roland Garros, Ferru lost to Monfils in a heartbreaking 5-setter.  This time around, he pulled off the upset over hometown favorite, Muzz.  In impressive fashion, he also overcame the ignominy of losing all 3 RR-matches at last year’s WTF.

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I play favorites with Juan Martin Del Potro, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Simon and the long line of mercurial talent that drives me to despair in front of the screen at odd hours during the week.
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2 Responses to WTF RR: Ferrer Beats Murray, 6-4 7-5

  1. ariennalee says:

    This match made me a happy tennis fan. David has always seemed to be an exceptionally honest-minded fellow on the court. It was nice to see him do the noble thing and lose that battle, but then win the war. (Although, Murray and Ferrer were so personally respectful on one another that the military metaphor is a hard sell.) So three cheers to overcoming ignominy!

    • mariposaxprs says:

      I agree, this is such a big win for Ferru and I love how he conducted himself on the court as well. The image of Ferru and Muzz at war is hilarious! Ferru the honorable lieutenant and Muzz the cantankerous but deeply talented general. Their interactions would make for a sweet moment during a war movie, though it’d have to be one with no fighting scenes 😉

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