Andy Murray will take on world number eight Andrey Rublev in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Fourth seed Rublev defeated Marcos Giron 7-6 (1) 6-3 to book his spot in the last 16 along with Murray, who battled past Robin Haase on Monday evening for his first tour-level win in six months.

The Scot expressed hope that the victory, which saw him win the final six games, could be the catalyst for a resurgence, and a clash with the world number eight will certainly give a good indication of where he stands.

Andrey Rublev defeated Marcos Giron on Tuesday
Andrey Rublev defeated Marcos Giron on Tuesday (Peter Dejong/AP)

Their only previous meeting came at the Australian Open in 2017, when a 19-year-old Rublev won just five games.

The Russian said: “Andy’s a true legend. I have a really good connection with him, I really like him as a person, as a player.

“It’s going to be fun. He destroyed me once already. I hope it’s going to be a great match. I hope we’re going to have great rallies, great fight. I’m really looking forward to it.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the second round in Rotterdam (John Walton/PA)

Murray was joined in the second round by British compatriot Cameron Norrie, and he will take on another Russian in Karen Khachanov, who defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas fought off Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 7-6 (4) 7-5, while Kei Nishikori scored an encouraging 7-6 (4) 6-1 win over seventh seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The all-Australian battle went the way of Alex De Minaur, who saw off John Millman 6-1 6-4, while Hubert Hurkacz was a 6-3 7-6 (6) winner over Adrian Mannarino.

Other winners included qualifiers Jeremy Chardy and Marton Fucsovics, plus Borna Coric.

Early winners in the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires included fifth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who saw off Swiss wild card Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune 2-6 6-4 6-3, and sixth seed Pablo Andujar, who beat Juan Ignacio Londero 6-3 6-0.