Ferrer rallies past Haas to reach 1st Miami final

International Sports Desk, Mar 29 (EFE).- Spain's David Ferrer rallied from a set down to overcome fellow ATP Tour veteran Tommy Haas 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday afternoon and book a spot in the final of the Sony Open in Miami.

The Spaniard was not at his highest level throughout the semifinal contest but he took advantage of the German's inconsistency to claim victory in just over two hours and claim his first-ever berth in the championship match of this elite hard-court event.

In the first set, Haas showed the form that propelled him to a stunning upset of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic earlier in the week, breaking Ferrer's serve in the fifth game and again in the seventh.

Ferrer improved in the second set, however, and also benefited from a lack of patience on the part of his 34-year-old opponent, whose error count rose quickly.

The final set began with three consecutive service breaks before Haas finally held for a 3-1 lead.

The German would not win another game, however, as the 30-year-old world No. 5 proved more solid in the players' punishing baseline rallies.

Next up for Ferrer in Sunday's final will be the winner of Friday's night match between France's Richard Gasquet and Britain's Andy Murray.

Ferrer holds an 8-1 career head-to-head advantage over the Frenchman but has not fared as well against Murray, losing six of their 11 encounters and five of six on hard courts.

In Saturday's women's final, Russian world No. 2 Maria Sharapova will square off against American world No. 1 Serena Williams.

The Sony Open is one of the biggest hard-court events on the ATP and WTA calendars.