Murray holds his nerve to seal Gijon Open quarter spot after tie-break

Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the Gijon Open after coming from a set down to beat Argentina’s Pedro Cachin. The Scot was off the pace in the first set as he went down 6-2, but picked an opportune time to take a first break point of the second set as he took it 7-5 to force a decider.

The third set started in explosive fashion as it yielded four breaks of serve, two to each player, before matters settled down and both men regained their composure to take the match to a deciding tie-break. There, the Scot upped the ante, surging into a 6-1 lead to set up five match points.

A battling Cachin saved two of them, before succumbing to the inevitable as the former world No 1 moved into the last eight. And having had to rely on a wildcard to play the inaugural event in northern Spain, he lies just three wins away from a first tour title of 2022.

But the three-time Grand Slam champion had to overcome a peculiar start, with the first two games taking 20 minutes to get through. In that time, Murray used up all his challenges for the set, and he cut a frustrated figure as the world No 61 got in the ascendancy.

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