Andy Murray came on after one set and one break to beat Wimbledon doubles champion Max Purcell and advance to the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Open.
The two-time Wimbledon champion, who is extending his turf season by playing this low-key event in Newport, stared into the run against world No. 202, down 6-4, 2-0.
But Murray, enraged by some questionable line calls, is nothing but a fighter and once again showed his famous spirit to win 12 of the next 13 games and a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over the to seal Australians.
However, he appeared to have picked up an injury in the second set and was limping badly by the end of the game, which would put the brakes on any realistic ambitions to go even deeper in a tournament missing most of the biggest names on the Tour, with the number nine of the world, Felix Auger-Aliassime, the top seed.
Third seed Alexander Bublik is next in the last eight if Murray is fit.
It could have been a much shorter workday for the 35-year-old if he had converted four break points in Purcell’s opening game.
However, the Australian held out and then rattled off four more straight games to lead 5-1 in the opener.
Murray made a fight of it, winning the next three games before Purcell finally served the set to win it 6-4.
When the Scot was broken in a marathon first game of the second set, the writing on the wall looked ugly, especially as Purcell consolidated the break to take a 2-0 lead.
But his fighting instincts surfaced, taking complete control of the game and reeling off 12 of the next 13 games to claim victory.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/andy-murray-newport-wimbledon-atp-tour-felix-augeraliassime-b2122642.html Andy Murray defends himself against Max Purcell, but limps off injured