Andy Murray withdraws from Washington Open

Andy Murray has spent over eight hours on court this week- Andy Murray has spent over eight hours on court this week

Murray made his comeback after an 11-month absence at Queen's in June and also played at Eastbourne before deciding he was not fit enough to compete at Wimbledon last month.

A notable win over Kyle Edmund was followed by a gruelling victory over Romanian Marius Copil in a thrilling third set tie-break. "Nobody", said Murray, a former No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam champion who is trying to return to form after having hip surgery in January. "It's not good. And it's basically like playing two matches in a day".

"I've played quite a few matches this week in Washington and I need to be smart with my rest and recovery as I come back from injury", Murray said. "I don't think I should be put in a position like that, when you're expected to come out and perform the next day".

Murray also withdrew from next week's ATP Toronto Masters, citing the drain from three gruelling three-set victories over more than eight hours on the U.S. capital hardcourts.

Murray earlier said in a statement on Facebook: "Sadly I won't be able to take my place in the draw in Toronto". It's not good for the players, not good, I don't think, for anyone involved in the event.

Australian Alex De Minaur, another 19-year-old, reached the semi-finals by walkover when Murray withdrew, citing the fatigue of three grueling three-set wins that kept him on the court more than eight hours in total.

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Britain's Murray, in only his third event after an 11-month layoff with a right hip injury, edged Romania's Marius Copil 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) in a Thursday match that began at midnight thanks to rain delays and ended at 3:02 a.m. Friday morning - the latest finish in the tournament's 50-year history by 35 minutes.

After the Round of 16 match, Murray sat in his chair and cried into a towel, according to The Washington Post. I know that the weather's tricky for the scheduling.

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.

"I felt like I had the more powerful shot", Zverev said.

"I do understand 3 a.m.is very hard for everyone", O'Brien said. The top-seeded German is looking to become the first back-to-back victor of the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008 and 2009.

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

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