Andy Murray beats Grigor Dimitrov at Cincinnati Masters

Grigor Dimitrov and Andy Murray
Dimitrov could not close out the win despite having match point against Murray

Britain's Andy Murray saved a match point as he came back from the brink to beat Grigor Dimitrov and reach the last eight at the Cincinnati Masters.

Second seed Murray trailed 5-2 in the final set but recovered to win 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 after almost three hours.

"There were many, many important points in that match," he said. "I'm not quite sure how I managed to get through it."

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer also progressed, but Rafael Nadal lost 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to Feliciano Lopez.

Murray came through a huge test against Dimitrov after trailing by a set and a double break, and then losing five straight games in the decider.

"If you want to win the big competitions, you'll have to come through difficult situations," said the Scot.external-link

"Last year, I didn't come through enough of them. I lost a lot of matches from winning positions, and this year I managed to turn that around, which was very positive."

Murray, 28, will face Frenchman Richard Gasquet next, after the 12th seed defeated US Open champion Marin Cilic 7-5 6-3.

Spain's Lopez goes on to play six-time champion Roger Federer, who beat Kevin Anderson 6-1 6-1 in only 55 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

Top seed Djokovic hit back from a double break down in the final set to beat Belgian David Goffin and reach the last eight.

Novak Djokovic
A furious Djokovic smashed his racquet at one point as he struggled against Goffin

Goffin, ranked 14th, looked on course for victory at 3-0 in the decider but world number one Djokovic took six straight games to win 6-4 2-6 6-3.

Djokovic next faces a rematch of the French Open final against fifth seed Stan Wawrinka, who beat Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5).

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych thrashed Tommy Robredo 6-0 6-1, and will next face Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Jerzy Janowicz 6-3 3-6 6-4.

In the women's event, top seed Serena Williams beat Karin Knapp 6-0 6-2, and said: "Everyone enjoys easier matches.

"I think testing is also really important, but at the end of the day if you could have only easy matches for the whole tournament I don't think anyone would object to that."

Switzerland's Belinda Benic, who beat Williams on her way to winning the Toronto title last week, earlier retired with a right forearm injury when trailing Czech seventh seed Lucie Safarova 6-2.

Sixth seed Ana Ivanovic beat Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, while there were also wins for Jelena Jankovic and Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

Karin Knapp of Italy (L) hits a return shot to Serena Williams
Williams (right) claimed her 45th win of the season, with just two losses so far

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