Tomas Berdych has said that securing the first set in his Madrid Open quarter-final against Andy Murray was vital in his defeating the British number one.
The Czech recovered from a slow start to take the opener to a tie-break, which he edged, before taking the second set 6-4.
"Even though I didn't start well I was able to turn the first set on my side, which was very important," Berdych told reporters.
"You know, with [Murray] it's never easy. Even though we played just two sets they were really long. You really have to fight a lot for a small chance."
Murray admitted to feeling some fatigue following his drawn-out clash with Gilles Simon the night before, but refused criticise the tournament schedule.
"I did play a very long match yesterday and finished extremely late so I was a bit stiffer probably than usual at the beginning but once I warmed up it felt better," said the Scot.
"The Spaniards like starting late so you've just got to deal with it."