'Exhausted' Murray withdraws from Citi Open and Rogers Cup

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

The British former world number one has only played in three tournaments since having the operation in January.

Murray said in the pre-dawn hours he might withdraw, adding, "I don't know how players are expected to recover".

Tournament director Keely O'Brien told the Washington Post she hopes Murray will play as planned.

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

Murray might end up with two matches in a day anyway as rain struck for a fifth consecutive day Friday, causing a brief delay for 10th-seeded Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas in his 6-3, 6-4 upset of Belgian third seed David Goffin.

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Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, in his first hardcourt event after an 11-month layoff for a right hip injury, outlasted Romania's 93rd-ranked Marius Copil 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4).

Sky Sports tennis expert Mark Petchey says the Andy Murray versus Marius Copil Washington clash shows why the Scot has become such a great champion.

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

It was Murray's first hard court tournament since March 2017 having been plagued by a hip injury. "It's not good. And it's basically like playing two matches in a day".

Murray cited fatigue when he withdrew yesterday, hours before he was supposed to face 19-year-old Alex de Minaur, who was given a walkover into the semifinals of the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.

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But Murray pulled out of Wimbledon after that, declaring it too early to begin playing five-set matches again - and his withdrawals from Washington and Toronto may pose concerns for his US Open chances.

Zverev, who has won 40 matches and lost just 11 in 2018, did not face a single break point against Tsitsipas in the semi-final and dropped only a solitary point on his first serve in the opening set. "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".

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

When he got to the sideline after the match concluded, he covered his face with a towel and cried, his chest heaving.

By reaching the quarters, Murray has already seen his ranking jump from No. 832 to around 375.

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The match eventually finished at 3am on Friday morning and Murray shed tears into a towel for several minutes courtside as the emotion of the moment overcame him.

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