Murray's decision came after he won a trio of three-setters at the United States tournament and was a victim of a schedule that had him start his latest victory at midnight.
A tearful Andy Murray advanced to the ATP Washington Open quarter-finals in a three-hour marathon ending at 3am yesterday, then ripped organisers for putting him in such a situation.
Andy Murray, pictured August 2, 2018, has withdrawn from both the ATP Washington Open and the ATP Toronto Masters, citing the fatigue from three grueling three-set Washington victories.
Murray, who continues his return from hip surgery, overcame the Romanian 6-7 6-3 7-6 in his second three-set encounter in two days, having previously defeated fellow Briton Kyle Edmund. It's not good for fans, TV. "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".
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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. The No. 10 seed beat No. 3 David Goffin 6-3 6-4.
But despite that three-hour battle, the 31-year-old was expected to face Australian De Minaur again today (1.20am United Kingdom time) for a place in the final four. Murray, a three-time major champion coming back from hip surgery, finished his most recent match at 3 a.m. Friday and chose to withdraw rather than play again so soon afterward.
The No. 1-seeded Zverev, who beat his older brother, Mischa, in the third round, also eliminated 2015 Washington champion Nishikori at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open a year ago en route to the title. "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".
The rain delayed the start of Thursday's schedule as Murray and Copil finished their match at 03:01 AM local time. I know that the weather's tricky for the scheduling.
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Murray - now ranked 832 in the world - lost the first set against Copil in one hour and six minutes, having taken a 5-0 lead in the tie-break before losing seven points in a row.
After shaking hands with Copil and acknowledging the understandably sparse crowd, Murray sat down in his chair and sobbed repeatedly into his towel.
Defending champion and world No. 3 Alexander Zverev of Germany was set to face Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, with the victor to face Tsitsipas, and local hero Denis Kudla was to meet Russian 16th seed Andrey Rublev in other quarter-finals.
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