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Fatigued Murray withdraws from Citi Open, Rogers Cup

07 August, 2018, 00:33 | Author: John Swanson
  • Andy Murray beat Marius Copil at the Washington Open on Thursday

Top seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev overcame Kei Nishikori to win their rain-delayed Citi Open quarter-final in three sets on Friday, after Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament citing fatigue. When he did, it handed a walkover into the semi-finals to 19-year-old Australian Alex De Minaur, who ousted 11th seed Steve Johnson and eighth seed Chung Hyeon, both on Thursday.

"That's something the tour needs to look at", Murray said.

Only two other men's and women's quarterfinals were completed before all play was called off on a wet day that also included three-time major champion Andy Murray's withdrawal.

Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Marius Copil of Romania after winning their match during Day Six of the Citi Open at the Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 2, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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"Just the emotions coming at the end of an extremely long day and a long match", Murray, 31, said of his reaction to the Copil match, after which he sat crying into his towel for several minutes. On Monday, he didn't play his opening-round match until 10pm because of a five-hour rain delay.

"I'm exhausted after playing so much over the last four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months", Murray said.

Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas took one of the biggest victories of his young career with his 6-3, 6-4 upset of Belgian third seed David Goffin.

Murray was playing in just his third event since having hip surgery a year ago.

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"I'm giving my view right now as someone who's just come back from a very, very long injury layoff".

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. But it's a very hard position to be in when you're coming back from such a long lay-off. "There are lots of positives to take from this week, so I'll take some time to rest and recover and then head to Cincinnati early to prepare and get ready".

The week in Washington saw Murray play the most consecutive matches since returning from the hip problem which kept him out for 11 months and he will now have a week's rest and recovery instead of heading to Canada.

"Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good".

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