Shanghai - Andy Murray squeezed past John
Isner at the Shanghai Masters on Thursday as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was also pushed
all the way before ending the fairytale run of Spanish qualifier Albert
Murray lost the first set on a tiebreak and
he snapped at the umpire as his frustrations rose in the second set - before he
finally broke the big-serving Isner and levelled the match at a set each.
The world number two broke again for 4-3 in
the decider and he left the American number one on his backside as he fended
off break points in his next service game, before going on to take it 6-7
(4/7), 6-4, 6-4.
"Obviously it's tough to maintain your
patience and not get a bit frustrated when you do get the chances and, you
know, he serves an ace," Murray said.
"There were like 13 break points. I
would imagine he served an ace on at least half of those. He served very well
when he was behind."
The two-and-a-half-hour workout puts the
Briton into a quarter-final against either Gilles Simon or Tomas Berdych as he
seeks his third title in Shanghai.
Seventieth-ranked Ramos-Vinolas came
through qualifying before he stunned defending champion Roger Federer in the
second round for the biggest win of his career - but Tsonga proved a match too
However, the 27-year-old Spaniard gave the
mercurial Frenchman a massive scare when he took the first set before going
down fighting 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes.