Bribane International 2012 Men’s Singles top seed, Andy Murray, has survived a real scare in his second-round match against Luxembourgish world number 54, Gilles Muller.
The Brit had to fight back from one set down before eventually taking the best-of-three match 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0.
Murray progresses to a quarter-final match-up with perennial Australian Open contender, Marcos Baghdatis.
Andy Murray, who had needed all three sets to come through his first round match with Mikhail Kukushkin, showed that he is still a little ring-rusty in making heavy weather of seeing off Muller.
Muller clinched the first set from the Scottish star by breaking in the final game, before each grabbed a break of serve in the second set, before serving out as normal taking the match to a nervy second set tie-breaker.
In the tie-breaker, Murray showed, as so often, that he is best when pressed, and produced some good winners from important service points, before lifting the second set by a 7-4 score in the ‘breaker.
In set three, Muller fell away as Murray upped his game to more like his usual level: the Scot broke three times, and held serve three times, to win the third set cosily, 6-0.
Murray will be hoping to get out of the blocks a little faster in his next match against Baghdatis, if he is to use Brisbane as a springboard for another strong performance in Melbourne’s Australian Open this term.