2013 Sony Open Men’s Winners & Results
The Sony Open Tennis tournament is also known as the Miami Masters and is one of the premier events on the men’s tour. It is a Masters 1000 event with a prize fund of over $5.1 million so it’s no surprise to learn that the world’s best players took part on the hard court of Key Biscayne from 18-31 March. There were a total of 96 entrants in the men’s singles draw and 32 pairs battled it out for the doubles title.
The draw featured #1 Novak Djokovic who was defending his crown. The field was one of the strongest outside of a Grand Slam with 8 of the world’s top 10 and 32 of the top 36 players in action. Djokovic eased through the first couple of rounds but ran into a brick wall in the form of Tommy Haas in round 4 and was comprehensively dispatched 6-2, 6-4. It looked as if it may have been Haas’ year but the #15 seed was defeated by #3 seed David Ferrer in the semi-final.
On the other side of the draw, Great Britain’s Andy Murray, the #2 seed, was cruising and didn’t drop a set until the semi-finals where he overcome #8 seed Richard Gasquet 6-7, 6-1, 6-2. Ferrer easily won the first set of the final 6-2 but Murray found an extra gear and took the second set 6-4 before winning a thrilling final set on a tie break to take the title and prize money of over $719,000.
The great Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, were #1 seeds and expected to win the title this time around. Last year’s winners, Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, did not combine forces in 2013 and Paes paired up with Michael Llodra instead. However, Paes had no such success this year and lost in round 2. The Bryan brothers were shockingly dumped out in round 1 by Max Mirnyi and Mikhail Youzhny.
As it transpired, the final was contested by Jean-Julien Rojer and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (#5 seeds) and Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg (#8 seeds) with the former duo winning in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) to scoop this very prestigious title and a winner’s check for over $235,000.
It was a brilliant tournament and Murray’s win ensured that he secured the #2 world ranking and cemented his reputation as one of the world’s finest players. This win will give him the confidence to take on Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and all the rest in the remaining major tournaments and grand slam events in 2013.
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