Andy Murray recovered from a horror start to beat the heavy-hitting Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-2 in Beijing today.
The Brit has made something of a habit of starting slow on this Asian swing and that trend continued in Beijing as he dropped his serve in his opening three service games to fall 1-5 down.
But Janowicz faltered and Murray took full advantage, going on a five game surge to turn the match on its head.
The Pole managed to stop the rot to take it to a tie-break but it looked to be to no avail as Murray raced to a 4-0 lead. The topsy-turve battle continued, however, this time Janowicz's turn to come roaring back, eventually taking the tie-break 11-9 after saving two set points.
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The scrappy fight continued in set two as both players struggled to assert their dominance on the match.
But it was Murray who eventually made the breakthrough, finding a way through the Pole’s huge serve at the business end of the set before serving it out to level the match.
And the Brit was now starting to find his game, breaking early in the third as Janowicz struggled to stay with the resurgent Scot.
Murray broke again at 4-2 courtesy of a stunning forehand winner, and served it out without much ado to record his fifth successive victory and move into the second round.
Murray will take on the world number 35 Pablo Cuevas in the next round, with US Open champion Marin Cilic potentially awaiting in quarter finals.