Andy Murray will be aiming for number two spot in the world rankings when he takes on David Ferrer in the final of the ATP Sony Open on Sunday.
A win will take the British No 1 above Roger Federer, but he will have to tame the 'Little Beast' if he is to claim his second title in Miami and move closer to world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Scotsman held off the challenge of Richard Gasquet to book his place in the final, while the third-seeded Spaniard beat veteran German Tommy Haas.
The 2009 champion, and last year's runner-up, Murray just has the edge over his opponent heading into the contest having beaten Ferrer in six out of 11 career matches and winning five of their last seven meetings.
Ferrer, 30, has only beaten Murray once on a non-clay surface and that was at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in 2011.
The path to the last two was made easier for both players because Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer skipped the tournament, while Djokovic was upset by Haas in the fourth round.
But that hasn't deterred the 26-year-old from Dunblane, who has started to show some of his best form of the season by dismissing the likes of Bernard Tomic, Marin Cilic and Frenchman Gasquet to reach his 40th career final.
The No 3 seeded Ferrer holds an impressive 25-4 record this year and leads the tour in victories, although Spaniards are 0-5 in the Miami final.
And with both players hitting form at the right time, Murray is expecting a hard-fought contest against his never-say-die opponent.
"It will be a tough match," he said. "He's had a great week, he's in great shape. He's always tough to play against.
"Ferrer has a great attitude on the court. He fights for every single point. 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 added: "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."