Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

  • Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Hours later, tournament organizers confirmed on their website that Murray had withdrawn from Washington's Citi Open due to fatigue and would not play in the quarterfinals.

Murray had earlier announced he would not be playing in next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto.

"I don't think I should be put in a position like that", Murray said immediately after the match.

"I'm exhausted after playing so much over the last four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months", Murray said.

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

Murray earlier said in a statement on Facebook: "Sadly I won't be able to take my place in the draw in Toronto".

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

Murray's withdrawal gave Australia's Alex de Minaur a free pass to the semi-finals where he will meet the victor of Andrey Rublev and American Denis Kudler.

The pair shared breaks in the third set, and as the clock ticked on later into the night, Murray eventually emerged victorious (7-4) in the final tie break - at 3:01 a.m.

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

Only two other men's and women's quarterfinals were completed before all play was called off on a wet day that also included three-time major champion Andy Murray's withdrawal. Zverev joked after advancing, "I think I'm the only one that's allowed to buy a drink in the USA, right?"

"Not just my hip, but the rest of my body as well".

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

After the match, Murray wept into a towel for several minutes and later said he was considering withdrawing.

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

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

But he held throughout the second to get back on track, ultimately winning 3-6 6-1 6-4 after breaking Nishikori twice in each of the second and third sets.