Andy Murray secured his place in the third round of the Madrid Open with a 6-4 6-3 win over Marius Copil.
The world No 1, who is continuing his return from an elbow injury after reaching the semi-finals in Barcelona, eventually forced a late break in a tense opening set before his superior power came through against the 26-year-old Romanian.
Copil, who will move into the top 100 next week, had initially put up some strong resistance, having saved two break point chances on his opening service game of what developed into a tight first set.
With both players holding, Murray went ahead at 5-4, forcing Copil into a long return from the corner before another fine passing shot from Murray brought up a set point.
Copil put a return into the net as the Scot claimed the first set in 47 minutes.
Despite the momentum now being with Murray, Copil continued to find his range, holding a testing fourth game having squandered a 40-love lead to level at 2-2 on serve.
Murray, though, slowly upped the tempo, forcing another deuce on Copil’s next service game that saw a double fault followed by a break chance, which this time Murray claimed when the Romanian’s backhand was long.
The British No 1 soon moved 5-2 up with a straightforward hold, and after Copil held serve, completed victory.