Andy Murray
Murray recovers to seal second round spotGetty

Andy Murray has reached the second round of the China Open by beating Jerzy Janowicz after recovering from an early scare in the first set.

The British number one was given a stern examination by his Polish opponent in a tough opening set but came through to seal a 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 6-2 victory in Beijing.

Murray will meet Pablo Cuevas in the next round having met the Uruguayan just once previously in his career back in 2007.

His victory comes just days after winning his first title since his 2013 Wimbledon success in Shenzhen and provides a boost to his hopes of qualifying in the top eight places for November's ATP Finals in London, having started the week in 10th place.

Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal eased past Richard Gasquet of France in his first singles match since his quarter-final elimination at Wimbledon, sealing a 6-4 6-0 straight sets victory.

The Spaniard had missed the US Open and warm up events in Cincinnati and Toronto with a wrist injury.

Meanwhile, world number one Novak Djokovic made swift work of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, beating the Spaniard 6-2 6-1 in his quest to seal a fifth China Open title.