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(Reuters) - Top seed Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam with a 6-3 7-5 defeat of Canada's Vasek Pospisil on Thursday.
The Scot, in his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open, saved a set point in the second set after briefly losing his focus.
Former champion Murray, 27, angrily smashed his racket after double-faulting to fall 5-3 down but Pospisil could not convert his one set point when he served at 5-4.
Murray will play Frenchman Gilles Simon, the eighth seed, next after he beat compatriot Jeremy Chardy.
"Gilles is a tough opponent. He's a strong runner with perfect timing," Murray said. "I'll need to serve better than today."
Defending champion Tomas Berdych also reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0 3-6 6-3 defeat of Italian Andreas Seppi.
Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar