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Murray battles to Rotterdam win

Andy Murray was forced to battle hard before booking his place in the third round of the World Tennis tournament in Rotterdam.

The world No 6 came up against stubborn qualifier Dominic Thiem of Austria and had to dig out a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.

It had looked as though it would be easy for Murray, with the Scot breaking in the first and third games to take early control.

The signs of trouble became evident quickly, though, and after seeing off a break point he coughed up his serve with a wayward forehand.

He eventually took the set 6-4 but the second must rank as one of the worst Murray has played for some time.

He was never able to dominate his opponent and on his only chance to break in the fifth game, broke a string on the vital point.

He was broken in the eighth game with another poor forehand costing him, and world No 113 Thiem made him pay with a routine hold.

Murray continued to labour in the third set and endured a frustrating second game as he repeatedly failed to put Thiem away.

He smashed his racket into his shoe at one stage, before eventually getting the break he craved and going on to see it out.

Murray next faces Marin Cilic.