Andy Murray has set up a fascinating second-round clash with top seed Jannik Sinner at the Stockholm Open following a hard-fought straight sets victory over Viktor Durasovic.
Murray thought he would have it all his own way after cruising through the first set 6-1 against the Norwegian qualifier, ranked 354th in the tennis world rankings, but that didn't prove to be the case.
In the second set, Durasovic put up a brilliant fight having been overwhelmed by the three-time major champion in the opening set.
Murray was taken all the way, surviving another cagey tie-break to win 9-7 and seal a 6-1 7-6 victory over his opponent.
It came as a huge relief to the former British No 1, following the drama of his seven missed match points against Dominik Koepfer at the Paris Masters last week.
He did see two more match points slip away on Tuesday, but he eventually sealed his progression to the last-16, in which he will now face the tricky 20-year-old Sinner.
Sinner narrowly missed out on a place at the season-ending ATP Finals, so will be out to produce a statement against Murray – who was handed a wildcard for the ATP 250 event.
Following his victory, Murray hailed his upcoming opponent for the year he has enjoyed.
"He’s [Sinner] had a fantastic year," Murray said during his on-court interview on Tuesday.
"He was very unlucky not to make the final eight in Turin next week. I think he’s won four or five tournaments this year and he loves playing indoors on hard court. It will be a big test for me and I’m sure it will be a good one."
Murray is continuing his comeback trail, one that certainly hasn't been straight-forward with many ups and downs along the way.
But Murray, who is playing with a metal hip, insists his motivation to get back to the highest level of tennis is still very much there.
"I started playing tennis from a young age, it’s been part of my life forever. I’ve always enjoyed not just the competition but the every day trying to get better and find ways to improve.
"The last few years have been difficult and I look forward to getting back to competing. I still believe I have some good tennis in me. I want to try and have some more big tournaments."
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