Andy Murray withdraws from Washington Open after tearful 3 am finish

Andy Murray of Britain hits his bag after losing the first set of a match against Marius Copil of Romania during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington Friday Aug. 3 2018

Andy Murray of Britain hits his bag after losing the first set of a match against Marius Copil of Romania during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington Friday Aug. 3 2018

Murray has played three sets in each Citi Open match (best of threes), and he's played for over 2 1/2 hours every time. 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.

He declared in a statement: "I won't be able to play my match tonight. 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 don't think I should be put in a position like that.

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

All tennis fans rejoiced at his pain-free movement and fitness levels shown to win three such draining matches.

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

He will add a third in Washington if he can continue his form at the tournament where his overall record stands at 15-2.

Top-seeded Zverev also eliminated 2015 Washington champion Nishikori at this event a year ago en route to the title.




"I felt like I had the more powerful shot", Zverev said. "It's a attractive thing to see", he said. "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".

Norrie won almost three-quarters of his first serve points as he dismissed the fourth seed and world number 25 to reach his second successive ATP Tour semi-final.

Tsitsipas, who reached his first ATP final in May at Barcelona but lost to Rafael Nadal, says he won't change to face Zverev.

The 31-year-old Scotsman, a former world number one now ranked 832, broke down in tears after a 3:02 a.m. Friday finish to his third match, the latest finish in the event's 50-year history.

On the women's side, two-time Grand Slam victor Svetlana Kuznetsova was to face Kazak eighth seed Yulia Putintseva for a semi-final spot. Moments after beating Copil, Murray went to his seat, buried his face in a towel and cried for several minutes, sobs audible over courtside microphones.

After taking a 5-0 lead in the opening-set tiebreaker, Murray dropped seven consecutive points to hand the lead over to Copil.

"Not a whole lot, really, the emotions coming out at the end of an extremely long day and a long match", Murray said of what made him so emotional.

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