Paris: Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo survived a first round scare at the Paris Masters yesterday before prevailing 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) over Canada's Vasek Pospisil.
Also at Bercy Arena, French hopes were badly dented when Shanghai Masters finalist and 15th seed Gilles Simon, crashed out in the second round against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
The world number 33 broke in the final game to outlast Simon 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in 1hr 53min.
Pospisil, who came into the week ranked 54, rained down 13 aces against Robredo's one, and led 4-2 in the third set before painfully falling at the final hurdle.
Robredo, who wasted five match points against Murray at Valencia in a match that lasted 3 hours 20mins, seized a 6-3 advantage in the decisive third set tie-break and squandered two of them before Pospisil hit long to end the match.
Robredo now plays Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the second round.