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Andy Murray withdraws from Washington and Toronto

Andy Murray withdraws from Washington and Toronto

The Scot, a three-time champion in Canada, has won three matches in four days at the Citi Open and has said that he might not play his scheduled quarter-final against Australian Alex de Minaur later on Friday.

Murray worked deep into the night to get past 93rd-ranked Marius Copil of Romania 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a match that ended just past 3 am.

Andy Murray, pictured August 2, 2018, has withdrawn from both the ATP Washington Open and the ATP Toronto Masters, citing the fatigue from three grueling three-set Washington victories.

Murray, who finished his previous match at 3AM in the morning before sobbing his way out of the court, couldn't go on any further and announced his withdrawal. "Not good for fans, not good for TV, nobody".

Murray, whose last prior hardcourt appearance was in March 2017 at Indian Wells, played only two June grasscourt events in his comeback prior to coming to Washington, where he played three of the week's four longest matches. The No. 10 seed Tsitsipas beat No. 3 David Goffin 6-3, 6-4.

Murray is working his way back into form after having surgery on his right hip and spending 11 months on the sidelines.

On Saturday, he'll face 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Enter the Citi Open in Washington D.C., in which Murray started a match at midnight that he needed to play until 3 a.m.to win.

If his body can take it, Murray plays for a semifinal spot in Friday's last match against 72ndranked De Minaur, who pulled two upsets on Thursday after rain, dumping U.S. 11th seed Steve Johnson 6-4 7-5 and South Korean eighth seed Chung Hyeon 6-2 4-6 6-2.

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Zverev bounced back after dropping the opening set to overhaul seventh-seeded Nishikori 3-6 6-1 6-4, eliminating him from the tournament for the second consecutive year.

After Murray's announcement, O'Brien said she expected Murray would return next year.

"I do understand 3 a.m.is very hard for everyone", O'Brien said.

Showers earlier in the week jumbled the schedule and forced some other men to play two matches on Thursday.

"I need to be smart with my rest and recovery".

Asked after beating Copil how his body is holding up, Murray replied: "It doesn't feel great, just now".

The former world No. 1 had to dig deep after conceding a 5-0 advantage in the first-set tie break to lose 7-5, but Murray twice broke Copil in the second set to force a decider.

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