Andy Murray outlasts Cameron Norrie at China Open
Murray won a three-hour battle against fellow Briton to reach the quarter-finals in Beijing.
Andy Murray has beaten fellow British player Cameron Norrie after a three-hour battle to reach the quarter-finals of the China Open.
Murray won 7-6, 6-7, 6-1 as his comeback continues following a second hip operation he feared would end his career.
The 32-year-old recovered from failing to serve out at 5-3 to claim the first set against Norrie, whose dad hails from Scotland.
He then recovered from a break down to force the second set into a tiebreaker, which Norrie won easily.
But as the match went well into its third hour, it was Murray who put his foot on the accelerator, easing into last eight, where he'll play top seed Dominic Thiem on Friday.
The former world number one admitted he was feeling the effects of winning two matches in two days, the first time he's done that at the top level since his surgery in January.
"I'm tired, I just had a sleep before coming," said Murray. "I'm really tired. That's the first time I've had to do that since I came back... It's something that I need to kind of get used to again, especially playing at this level and that intensity.
"It was a good step for me. It's great that I won the match. Whether I'd won or lost it, I was able to come out the following day and be competitive and play some good tennis. But obviously I'm happy I've got the day off tomorrow to recover."