But a series of double faults by the Dutch 17-yearold allowed Robson to break serve
and take the second set.
Murray failed to break serve
once in the first two sets as he was taken to a decider by Marc Gicquel, who was then forced to retire with a thigh injury when 3-0 down in the third set.
The world No 1 pounced on the first show of weakness from his 18-year-old opponent - by five days the second youngest player in the draw - two unforced errors in the sixth game allowing him to break serve
with a superb backhand passing shot.
With the duel locked at 3-3, the home favourite passed up a golden chance to break serve
and allowed Djokovic to hit back from 0-40 to hold.
Rusedski, though, lost his rhythm in the third set, allowing the Frenchman to break serve
twice and race into a two-setsto-one lead in the match by winning the set 6-1.
Radek had to receive treatment on his elbow midway through the fourth set but both players only managed to break serve
once in three hours and 34 minutes.