Ferrer reaches Miami semis

Third seed David Ferrer needed three sets to win his quarterfinal match Wednesday at the Sony Open, an ATP Masters 1000 event.

The gritty Ferrer fought back to beat Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in 1 hour, 55 minutes at Crandon Park. The break-filled match saw Ferrer spoil Melzer's serve on seven occasions.

Ferrer, who led the ATP in titles and match wins last year, will meet the Gilles Simon-Tommy Haas winner in the semifinals. The 34-year-old one-time world No. 2 Haas stunned No. 1 superstar and two-time defending Miami champion Novak Djokovic here on Tuesday.

Two other quarterfinals will be staged Thursday when second seed Andy Murray battles ninth-seeded Marin Cilic and fourth seed Tomas Berdych tangles with eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet. The U.S. Open champion Murray titled here in 2009 and was last year's Miami runner-up to Djokovic. Berdych was the Sony Open runner-up in 2010.

The winner of this $4.169 million event will pocket $719,160.