Andy Murray erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in the final of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.
One point from defeat in the last set, Murray skipped a forehand off the baseline to stay in the match. He then dominated the tiebreaker, while Ferrer appeared to cramp.
The final was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34.
"Both of us fought as hard as we could, both struggling physically at the end," said Murray, who also won this title in 2009. "I just managed to come through."
Playing in sunny, 80-degree weather, both players appeared drained in the third set, which started with six straight service breaks.
On his only match point, Ferrer flicked Murray's shot back with a halfhearted forehand and raised his hand to ask chair umpire Cedric Mourier to challenge what he thought was an out ball. The replay, though, showed Murray's forehand clipped the back of the line.
"I chose my decision in that moment," Ferrer said. "It's a bad moment now. I want to forget, the more faster as possible."
Meanwhile, CBS ended its telecast when the tiebreaker began, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida. Tennis Channel televised the tiebreaker. The match lasted 2 hours, 45 minutes.
Tournament director Adam Barrett said CBS officials had a commitment to show the basketball.
Pete Weber tied Earl Anthony by winning his 10th major PBA Tour title with a 224-179 win over Jason Belmonte in the Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis. Weber also became the first bowler to finish the PBA triple crown a second time by adding his second T of C to his two World Championships titles and five U.S. Opens. Belmonte left the 4-10 split three times and failed to convert it twice. Weber now has 37 tour titles, tying him for third with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Anthony (43). "There's one eluding me and the Weber family -- the USBC Masters. I really want that one, and I'm not done yet," Weber, 50, said
Track and field
Usain Bolt opened his season with a 150-meter win on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. He finished in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best 14.35 that he set in 2009 on the streets of Manchester, London. Bolt was the first man to successfully defend the 100 and 200 titles at the 2012 London Olympics. Also, double-amputee Alan Oliveira beat American Jerome Singleton. Oliveira was to race against Oscar Pistorius, who withdrew after being charged in the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Oliveira beat the South African in the 200 at the London Paralympics.
DaMarcus Beasley scored a tying goal in the 58th minute of Puebla's 2-1 loss at home to Tigres in the Mexican first division. The midfielder played for the United States in its 0-0 tie against Mexico in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday in Mexico City.
Oxford won the annual university Boat Race in London, beating Cambridge by 1½ lengths to reverse last year's result. An estimated 250,000 people lined the banks of the River Thames in freezing conditions. The Oxford crew that featured two 2012 Olympians never trailed on the 41/4-mile course. Cambridge leads overall 81-77.
Liaison won the $70,000 Santana Mile by a half-length over Midnight Transfer for trainer Bob Baffert at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Liaison was timed in 1:36.36. The 4-year-old colt had been idle since losing the Travers Stakes at Saratoga (N.Y.) on Aug. 25.
MCT Information Services contributed to this report.