Andy Murray reflects on "tough" Carlos Berlocq encounter

Britain's Andy Murray hits a forehand return during his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 19, 2013
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Andy Murray says that it was "tough" to beat Carlos Berlocq in their fourth-round encounter at Indian Wells.

Andy Murray has said that he found his fourth-round clash with Carlos Berlocq at the BNP Paribas Open "tough".

The Scot had to break serve just to stay in the first set at 6-5 down, before going on to take it on a tie-break.

He booked his place in the last eight with a 6-4 victory in the second, which sets up a meeting with Juan Martin del Potro.

The world number three said that it was a close match against an opponent who played very aggressive tennis.

"It was tough," ESPN quotes Murray as saying. "He started well and he was playing very aggressive. He had a lot of chances in the first set. He obviously served for it.

"The second set was kind of the other way around. I had a lot of chances, but it was still tight. All the games were pretty close, a lot of long games and longish rallies."

Murray was a beaten finalist at Indian Wells in 2009, losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.

Britain's Andy Murray in action during the men's final of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 27, 2013
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