Andy Murray was once again forced to rally from a set down to win, this time against Frenchman Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals of the Mexican Open, Reuters reports.
After losing the first set 6-1, Murray fought back, winning a second set tie-break and dominating the third 6-2.
The Scot's faltering serve proved to be his undoing, as Murray dropped serve three times in the opening set.
His start was reminiscent of his early exchanges with Pablo Andujar and Joao Sousa in the opening two rounds of the competition, having to recover from a set down against the former.
The British number one conceded he has been a slow starter. "In all the matches so far this week, I have not started very well," he was quoted by Reuters.
"I lost my first service game in every match and that has not helped because my opponents have gained confidence and played very good tennis."
Murray - in a way he has become accustomed to - fought back in the second set. He was much improved, with the contest looking a very even one as they each broke serve three times. In the end, it took a tie-break to split the two, with Murray emerging victorious (7-4).
"It's not easy starting every match from behind I managed to turn the game at the end of the second set, started to play a little bit better. I was making sure I was not making so many unforced errors," he added.
The tie-break proved to be a decisive turning point in the match. With Murray now in full swing and Simon seemingly demoralised, the third set ended very much like the first, except in Murray's favour.
"I found a way to win the match even though I was feeling I was not playing my best tennis. I'm glad that I managed to do that. Maybe I just try and warm-up better, maybe practice a little bit closer to the matches."
Murray will now face number four seed Grigir Dmitrov.
Meanwhile, top seed David Ferrer was forced to pull out of the competition after he suffered a thigh strain in his match with Kevin Anderson.
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