ANDY Murray completed a 6-3 7-5 win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the Rotterdam Open.
The losing Australian Open finalist took just one hour and 43 minutes to secure a meeting with Gilles Simon in the last eight.
The Scot needed to recover from being a set point down trailing 5-4 in the second set before breaking back to complete his victory.
Former champion Murray, 27, angrily smashed his racket after double-faulting to fall 5-3 down
“Gilles is a tough opponent. He’s a strong runner with perfect timing,” said Murray. I’ll need to serve better than today.
“Obviously, the second set was a lot of momentum swings.
“I went up a break, was feeling good, but then I lost my serve to love in the next game. In the game after that I got broken to 15. Obviously, when he was serving for it he was in a great position.
“But we had a 30-shot rally on set point. It was a very physical rally, I was making him do more of the running and I think it took quite a lot out of him.
“My level was good. I moved well and I felt like when I really needed to, I was able to improve my level and step my game up a bit. I found a little bit of extra intensity in the important moments and that was key.”
Simon booked his place in the last eight with a 6-4 6-3 win over Jeremy Chardy while third seed Tomas Berdych was a 6-0 3-6 6-3 winner over Andreas Seppi.