Key Biscayne (Florida): Andy Murray returned to the final of Sony Open with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet. (Agencies)
Murray lost a set for the first time in tournament when Gasquet played a brilliant tiebreaker. But Gasquet appeared to hurt his right foot and received treatment from a trainer after the second set, and he limped at times in the latter stages of the match.
Murray's opponent on Sunday will be No. 3-seeded David Ferrer, who beat No. 15 Tommy Haas, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Murray won the tournament in 2009 and was runner-up last year. The Scotsman overtook Gasquet despite twice double-faulting on break point. He had a 38-19 edge in winners and converted seven of eight break-point chances. He's ranked No. 3 and would climb to No. 2 if he wins the title.
The No. 3-seeded Ferrer won the last five games of his semifinal and improved to 25-4 this year. He leads the tour in victories and is trying to become the first Spaniard to win the Key Biscayne men's championship.
Rafael Nadal is a three-time runner-up, and Spaniards are 0-5 in the final. "I will try to do my best to win Sunday," Ferrer said. "It's going to be very difficult."
The path to the title was made easier because Nadal and Roger Federer skipped the tournament, and Novak Djokovic was upset by Haas in the fourth round.
Meanwhile, No. 1 plays No. 2 in the women's final on Saturday, with five-time champion Serena Williams facing four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova.
The 34-year-old Haas, the oldest man in the top 50, took a 3-1 lead in final set but appeared to tire and was undone by a flurry of errors down the stretch.
Key Biscayne (Florida): Andy Murray returned to the final of Sony Open with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 win over No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet.