Andy Murray: My experience didn't show in Madrid Open third round

Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych, Madrid Open

  • Venue: Manolo Santana Stadium
  • Date: 10 May
  • Time: 19:00 BST

Coverage: Live commentary on BBC 5 Live Sports Extra and updates on the BBC Sport website

Andy Murray admitted he did not show his experience after "scraping through" his third-round tie at the Madrid Open.

Murray's match with Gilles Simon ended at 01:00 local time, and he now faces world number six Tomas Berdych on Friday at 20:00 in the quarter-finals.

"My experience didn't really show because I had a lot of match points and had chances all the way through and couldn't quite get them," Murray said.

"It'll probably be four o'clock by the time I'm in bed and it's not ideal."

Analysis

It wasn't always pretty - in fact, the first hour was awful for Murray, who was seemingly lacking energy and definitely in one of his grumpier moods.

But it turned in to a thriller, settled by a deciding tie-break, with Murray converting his sixth match point at after one o'clock in the morning.

Simon defended three match points to force a final set tie-break and then saved another three match points, but the Frenchman netted a volley to hand Murray a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) victory.

"It was tough. Any professional athlete will tell you it's difficult when you spend the whole day waiting to go on, and sometimes you might come out a little bit flat," world number two Murray, 25, added.

"It wasn't the prettiest match, It wasn't the best match, but I won and I gave myself an opportunity to get through to the semis."

The Madrid Open final is played on 12 May, two weeks before the culmination of the clay-court season at the French Open.