Acapulco: Andy Murray reached the quarter finals of the Mexican Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Portuguese Joao Sousa in Acapulco on Wednesday.
The world No. 7 lost his opening service game, but levelled at 2-2 and went on to break twice more as he won in one hour and 40 minutes.
Murray will next play Gilles Simon of France. Top seed David Ferrer beat fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov saw off Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 6-4 and now plays seventh seed Ernests Gulbis, who beat David Goffin 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Murray, in the same half of the draw as Dimotrov and Gulbis, made a slow start against Sousa — as he did in his first-round encounter with Pablo Andujar — and was a break down at the start of the first set.
The Wimbledon champion was able to consistently threaten Sousa’s serve, however, and the world No. 44 made an increasing number of errors as the pressure told. Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
On the women’s side of the combined ATP-WTA tournament, top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova reached the quarter finals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Yanina Wickmayer.