Andy Murray in tears after 3am win to reach Washington quarter-finals

Andy Murray cries after beating Marius Copil at Citi Open in Washington

Andy Murray cries after beating Marius Copil at Citi Open in Washington

The former world No 1 is due to continue his quest for a first title since Dubai in March 2017 against Australian teenager Alex de Minaur, live on Sky Sports, but Murray indicated he could yet withdraw to preserve his fitness.

Murray, who underwent hip surgery in January, reached this stage with wins over Mackenzie McDonald and fellow Briton Kyle Edmund, and now faces world number 72 De Minaur for a place in the semi-finals.

After a 6-7 6-3 7-6 win, which included a final set tie-break and did not finish until after 3am local time, the emotional rollercoaster caught up with Murray.

He explained: 'Finishing matches at three in the morning is not good.

Andy Murray sobbed into a towel after a gruelling three-hour tennis match that had him on the court until 3am.

And the sheer lateness of the hour wasn't good for players. It's not good for fans, TV.

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Speaking to reporters after the game, Murray said he "potentially" could consider not playing his next game.

"I don't think I should be put in a position like that", Murray, who was in tears at the end of the match, said.

'I don't think it's reasonable.

The 31-year-old Scotsman won his third three-set victory in four days, having been on the court for eight hours 11 minutes in all, and he started at midnight thanks to a fourth day of rain delays.

Speaking about his condition after the Copil match, Murray said: "It doesn't feel great, just now". It's not good. It's basically like playing two matches in a day'. "I'm not sure how well I'll recover from that".

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