Murray pushed all the way by Aussie wildcard before progressing to Brisbane quarter-finals
14:53 GMT, 3 January 2013
22:34 GMT, 3 January 2013
Andy Murray started the new year with a scare as he was pushed to three sets yesterday by Australian qualifier John Millman at the Brisbane International.
Murray shrugged off a second-set slump to triumph 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and five minutes against the world No 199, to set up a quarter-final meeting with Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Murray said: ‘I wasn’t too disappointed with the way I played. For a first match of the year, that was a perfect match in many ways to go through some tough moments, a lot of long rallies, close games and important points.’
Villain of the piece: Andy Murray was heckled by the home fans against John Millman
Fright: Murray survived a second-set scare
Wildcard: Millman put up a good show in front of his home crowd
Battle: The US Open champion was pushed all the way in Brisbane
Murray raced through the opening set with three breaks of the Millman serve but was broken twice in the second as the 23-year-old, playing in only his fifth tour-level match, fought back to take the tie into a decider.
Murray claimed the solitary break in the third to wrap up the win.
Meanwhile, Heather Watson has withdrawn from the Moorilla Hobart International, just a week before the Australian Open.
The British No 1 suffered an elbow problem in Wednesday’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat by world No 63 Kiki Bertens in the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland. Watson, 20, tweeted: ‘I have to withdraw from Hobart. Doing everything I can to get healthy.’
Struggling: Murray has been far from his best at the start of this season as he lost to Janko Tipsarevic in Abu Dhabi last week
Wounded: Murray looked in pain at times on Pat Rafter Arena
Last eight: The Scot will play Denis Istomin in the quarter-finals