February 12, 2015 / 5:39 PM / 4 years ago

Murray sees off Pospisil to reach Rotterdam quarters

Andy Murray of Britain stretches to hit a return to Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne in this file photo taken on February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

(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

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