Andy Murray won again and advanced to the quarter-finals of France

Andy Murray won again and advanced to the quarter-finals of France

A Happy Andy Murray

Andy Murray saved his French opponent five match points to beat Laurent Locolin in three straight sets at the ATP Challenger Tour 175 event in Aix-en-Provence.

Murray won 6-4 5-7 6-3 in the second round of the Open Aix-Provence Crédit Agricole in a marathon match that lasted two hours and 42 minutes.

The 35-year-old three-time major champion – ranked 52 in the world and 135 places higher than Locoli – shadowed a tight first set on French clay.

The fifth seed looked to make short work of the match in the second set as he led 5-2.

But Murray failed to take two match points and Lokoli was animated and waved his hand in the air to energize the home crowd to make it 5-4.

Another two match points followed and it was over for Murray, and in the next game Lokoli’s shots proved a powerful weapon against the Scot.

Lokoli soon took the second set and Murray was unable to end his 5 game losing streak.

Both players were impressive in the decider, leading 5-3 until Murray capitalized on the pressure and earned a third break point.

Although Locoli made a stunning forehand winner to save the fifth match point, Murray eventually wrapped up the win – to his obvious relief.

It was the first time India had secured back-to-back wins since Wales in March.

Murray, who beat Gael Monfils in the first round, will face French third seed Luca van Assche in the quarter-finals on Friday.

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