Andy Murray withdraws from Citi Open after grueling 3 a.m. victory

Andy Murray withdraws from Citi Open after grueling 3 a.m. victory

Javier Howell
August 7, 2018

Andy Murray, the former world number 1, has called to a halt to what has been an emotional few days by withdrawing from the rest of this week's tournament in Washington.

The returning Scot also announced his withdrawal from next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto in order to recover.

The British star said he was unlikely to finish post-match conditioning and get to sleep before 5:30am, ahead of a scheduled quarter-final against 19-year-old Australian Alex De Minaur.

The 21-year-old German overcame the Japanese in straight sets to reach the final last year, but he was made to work harder this time around to progress in the ATP 500 event in Washington, D.C. I don't think it's reasonable.

Zverev will next play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Saturday after the Greek upset third seed David Goffin 6-3 6-4. Afterward, Murray told a small group of reporters that he "potentially" could withdrew from the tournament.

Murray said in a statement on the ATP website: "I won't be able to play my match tonight".

"Finishing matches at 3am is not good".

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A notable win over Kyle Edmund was followed by a gruelling victory over Romanian Marius Copil in a thrilling third set tie-break.

Murray's 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) third-round victory over Marius Copil began at midnight and ended just past 3 a.m. on Friday, with about 100 or so spectators in the main stadium.

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

He added: "There are lots of positives to take from this week, so I'll take some time to rest and recover - I won't play in Toronto next week - and then head to Cincinnati early to prepare and get ready".

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 United States 11th seed Steve Johnson 6-4 7-5 and South Korean eighth seed Chung Hyeon 6-2 4-6 6-2. "Finishing matches at three in the morning isn't good for anyone involved".

"When you're expected to come back and perform the next day, I think that's unreasonable". "And I'm disappointed with that, because I know that the weather's tricky and I know it is for the scheduling, but it's a very hard position to be in".

"I sincerely respect his decision and know that his health and recovery process is his top priority, as it should be".