World number 4 Andy Murray moved into the third round of the Rome masters after being taken to 3 sets thrilling sets by David Nalbandian, eventually prevailing 6-1 4-6 7-5.
The Brit made a roaring start racing to a 4 love lead, taking no time to wrap up the first set! The second set required a lot more work from Murray as Nalbandian started finding his deadly range and pushing the Brit behind the baseline before executing some impressive drop shots, while they were evenly matched throughout Andy slipped up serving to stay in the second set and handed it to the Argentian.
Andy had us worried in the final set going a break down early on and making some uncharacteristic backhand errors, but through hard grinding points he broke back to love and turned the tide of the match, leaving Nalbandian startled and very tight! The British number 1 was forced to serve to stay in the match, but he held his nerve and forced a break in the 11th game to earn a chance to serve the match out. While it looked to be decided by a tiebreak as Nalbandian had 2 break back points, Andy rallied his way back to serve the match out, moving into the third round.
It is Andy Murrays 25th Birthday today so happy birthday and best wishes to him as he continues his Rome 2012 Campaign!