Murray digs deep in Dubai to beat Kohlschreiber

Andy Murray came through an epic second-set battle before going on to beat Phillip Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Thursday.

After losing the first set to his German opponent, Murray faced down no less than seven match points during a marathon second-set tie-breaker – spurning seven set points of his own in the process – before finally taking coming out on top to level the scores.

Kohlscreiber's challenge seemed to falter in the third set as he struggled to recover from all of those missed chances. 

Murray raced through it in quick time courtesy of a double break to secure a 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (20-18), 6-1 victory in just under three hours.

He moves on to the semi-finals, where he will face Lucas Pouille. The Frenchman advanced by beating Russian Evgeny Donskoy – the man who eliminated Roger Federer on Wednesday – 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2).

The other semi-final will see Dutchman Robin Haase take on Fernando Verdasco of Spain.

Haase defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, while Verdasco was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Gael Monfils.