Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Tired Murray pulls out of Washington Open QF

Tired Murray pulls out of Washington Open QF

Now ranked 832nd, Murray ended an 11-month absence from the tour in June, playing just three matches before arriving at the Citi Open. "(My body) doesn't feel great right now. "Hopefully, I can continue to do so (Sunday) and hopefully in the next few years, as well". "Finishing matches at three in the morning isn't good for anyone involved".

I don't think I should be put in a position like that.

At 21, Zverev was the oldest player in the semifinals along with the 19-year-old Tsitsipas and de Minaur and 20-year-old Rublev.

But speaking to a small group of reporters outside the locker room, Murray said he "potentially" could consider not playing.

The 19-year-old Tsitsipas is coming off his first run to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament, last month at Wimbledon.

"I'm giving my view right now as someone who's just come back from a very, very long injury layoff". By the time you finish doing recovery and everything it's 5.30 or 6 o'clock in the morning.

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Storms earlier in the week forced some men to play twice in one day. "I'm not sure how well I'll recover from that". "Appreciate all the support this week in Washington, it's unbelievable to be back playing".

"That's something the tour needs to look at", Murray said. Certainly, if he can't play because of his injury, that's one thing.

"I do understand 3 a.m.is very hard for everyone", O'Brien said.

He broke down in tears after completing his last-16 victory over Romanian Marius Copil at 03:02 local time on Friday.

On the other half of the draw, Murray pulled out of his quarterfinal after winning a trio of three-setters and lamenting a schedule that had him start his latest victory at midnight. He was playing on hard court after 18 months.

Tsitsipas reached his first career ATP final in May at Barcelona, losing to Rafael Nadal.

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Top seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev beat Kei Nishikori to win their rain-hit Washington Open quarter-final in three sets on Friday.

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.

But the effort took a toll.

After the final point, Murray went to his chair, buried his face in a towel and wept, sobbing at times, and kept his head down and face covered as he exited the court.

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.

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