Andy Murray fights back to defeat Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin at the Swiss Indoors.

Andy Murray overcame a set deficit to defeat qualifier Roman Safiullin 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

The former world number one overcame a break of serve in the final set to win five consecutive games and overcome a 4-1 deficit to advance to the next round.

He will now face Roberto Bautista Agut, who defeated Laslo Dere 6-4, 6-1.

Murray is currently ranked 49th in the world, and he was scheduled to face Sebastian Korda, whom he lost to in the quarterfinals of the Gijon Open earlier this month, but the American was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Despite immediately responding to having his serve broken in the first set, world No. 93 Safiullin won the first set in a tie-break.

Murray saved five break points in the second set and fought back to win it and tie the match.

Murray appeared to be out of the qualifier after saving a fourth break point in the fourth game and fighting back in emphatic fashion, punching the air after clinching the second of three match points.

Dan Evans advanced with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) victory over Germany's Oscar Otte in Vienna. In the next round, the Brit will face Russian Karen Kachanov.

On Monday, world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz defeated Jack Draper in Basel, coming back from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 7-5.

After the coronavirus pandemic, the Swiss Indoors are being held for the first time in three years.