Andy Murray rallied to defeat David Ferrer, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), during the… (Clive Brunskill / Getty…)
Andy Murray erased a championship point Sunday and rallied past David Ferrer, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), in a grueling, dramatic final in the Sony Open at 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, and Ferrer appeared to cramp and collapsed to the court after one long exchange.
The match was filled with grinding baseline rallies, including at least a dozen of more than 20 strokes and one lasting 34. Murray and Ferrer dueled for 2 hours 45 minutes, and as a result, the 11:30 a.m. EDT start on Easter turned out not to be early enough for CBS.
The network cut away from the final when it went to the tiebreaker, switching to the tipoff of the NCAA tournament game between Michigan and Florida. The Tennis Channel televised the end of the match, and CBS later showed a replay of match point.
Points wins Houston Open
D.A. Points came back from a long rain delay and made four pars, the last one giving him a one-shot victory in the Houston Open and a trip to the Masters.
With a putter he once borrowed from his mother and never returned, Points rolled in a putt from just outside 12 feet on the final hole to polish off a six-under 66 and avoid a sudden-death playoff with Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel at Humble, Texas.
It was quite a turnaround for Points, whose only other PGA Tour win was at Pebble Beach two years ago with actor Bill Murray along for the laughs.
He started the year by missing the cut seven times in nine tournaments. He arrived at Redstone Golf Club having not broken 70 in his last nine rounds. But he stayed in the hunt after opening with a 64, and he kept his calm when he returned to the golf course after a rain delay of nearly three hours.
Points finished at 16-under 272, and the win gives him another two-year exemption. More important, the win gets him back to Augusta National in two weeks.
Phil Mickelson opened his final round with four consecutive birdies, and he was still in the picture until a three-putt double bogey on the 14th hole. He had a 68, and wound up six shots behind.
Marcel Siem of Germany shot a two-under 70 to win the Hassan II Trophy by three strokes at Agadir, Morocco.
He earned his third European Tour title with a 17-under 217. Siem held off Finland's Mikko Ilonen and England's David Horsey, who were tied for second.
Australian Scott Hend won the inaugural Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand after a final-round 64 to beat South African Bryce Easton by three strokes at the Alpine Golf Resort.
Hend started the round six shots off the lead. But he had eight birdies, an eagle on the fourth hole and two bogeys for a 20-under 268 to earn his third Asian Tour victory.
Usain Bolt opened his season with a 150-meter win on a track set up at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Bolt cruised to victory in 14.42 seconds, falling short of the world-best mark of 14.35 he set on the streets of Manchester, England, in 2009. Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey was second, ahead of Bruno Lins of Brazil and Alex Quinones of Ecuador.