AlTHOUGh he has yet to scale the heights of his 2012 campaign, Andy Murray could ascend to No.2 in the world rankings this afternoon.
But he lost out to Djokovic and then suffered a quarter-final exit at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event in California.
But this week in Miami has provided a timely return to form, Murray recovering from a set down in Friday night’s semi-final with Richard Gasquet to claim a 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-2 win and book a place in the Sony Open final against David Ferrer.
Eighth seed Gasquet started like a train before claiming the first set on a tie-break, but Murray soon asserted his authority in an entertaining clash.
Murray will next take on third seed Ferrer, who beat veteran German Tommy Haas in the opening semi, with the Briton playing both for the title and the number two spot in the world rankings. A win will take him above Roger Federer.
“Ferrer has a great attitude on the court. He fights for every single point,” Murray said of today’s opponent, who he leads 6-5 in career meetings.
“He’s not struggling to play well in the big events – that’s why he’s there, and it’ll be a very tough match on Sunday.”
Ferrer reached his fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win over 15th seed Haas, and said: “I am in the final. I am very happy for that.
“It’s going to be very difficult. I think to win a Masters 1000, I need to play my best tennis.”
Ferrer ended Haas’s dream with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory in their semi-final. The 34-year-old Haas, whose career looked close to finished after a series of injuries, beat world No.1 Djokovic on his way to the last four and threatened another upset at Key Biscayne.
After the German clinched the first set, Ferrer turned things around in the second but trailed 3-1 in the third, with Haas sensing a real chance of his first Masters Series final in 11 years.
But Ferrer fought back, taking advantage of some unforced errors from the fading German to secure the victory and his first place in a final at Miami.
Ferrer is bidding to lift his second Masters 1000 title, having triumphed over Jerzy Janowicz in Paris last November. The Spaniard was a beaten semi-finalist in Miami in 2005 and 2006.
Murray is not the only Briton in action in Miami today after Laura Robson – with whom he won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at last summer’s Olympics – booked her place in the final of the women’s doubles alongside 39-year-old American Lisa Raymond.
The unseeded Robson and her veteran partner comfortably defeated top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy, 6-1, 6-2, on Friday and now face No.3 seeds Nadia Petrova of Russia and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia in the final.