Andy Murray beats Roman Safiullin in the Swiss Indoors
Andy Murray of the United Kingdom fought back from a set down to defeat qualifier Roman Safiullin in an interesting first round encounter at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
In the deciding set, the former world number one, 35, was also down by a break.
Murray, though, won five consecutive games to overcome a 4-1 behind and beat Russian Safiullin 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4.
Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans both won the Vienna Open.
British number one Norrie had to come back from a set down to defeat Argentine Pedro Cachin 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-1).
Dan Evans advanced from his opening with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory over German Oscar Otte.
Norrie, ranked 13 in the world, will face either Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor or American Marcos Giron in the quarterfinals, while Evans will face Russian Karen Khachanov.
Murray, who is now ranked 49th in the world, was initially drawn against Sebastian Korda, whom he lost to in the Gijon quarter-finals earlier this month, but the American withdrew due to injury.
The Scot was able to create an instant reaction after having his service broken in the first set, but the world number 93 Safiullin prevailed in the first set tie-break to take the advantage.
After that, Murray saved five break opportunities to avoid going behind a break early in the second set. He then capitalized on his third break point opportunity in the sixth game to pull even with his opponent and win the match.
After Murray was unable to save a fourth break point in the fourth game of the deciding set, he was once again forced to come from behind to win the match.
He did it in an assertive manner, striking the air after securing the second of his three match points to set up a meeting with Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. This set up a showdown between the two players.
On Monday, the first day of competition in Basel, the number one player in the world, Carlos Alcaraz, overcame a set deficit to win the match against Jack Draper of Great Britain.
As a result of the widespread coronavirus epidemic, the Swiss Indoors are being played for the first time in three years for the first time since Roger Federer of Switzerland set a record by winning the tournament a record ten times before announcing his retirement in September.
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