Andy Murray survived a major scare to progress to the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open with a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (8-6) victory over Gilles Simon.
Murray, who will climb to No 2 in the world rankings following Roger Federer's defeat earlier on Thursday, endured an nightmare start and was taken the full distance before completing the win at 1.15am local time.
In a repeat of the 2008 final third seed Murray, who has never progressed beyond the last eight since the tournament moved onto clay, got off to the worst possible start as he dropped his opening service game.
He was also broken in his third service game as Simon cruised into a comfortable lead and easily saw out the first set.
The British No 1's woes continued as Simon again broke in Murray's first service game of the second set with an assured smash.
But this time Murray responded, breaking back to level at 2-2 before holding his serve to go ahead in the second set for the first time.