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.
The Scot had earlier announced that he has made a decision to sit out next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto and his next tournament will now be the Western and Southern Open, starting on August 13 in Cincinnati.
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.
It has been a tortuous year for the 31-year-old, watching helplessly from the treatment table as he plummeted down the rankings while his hip condition worsened to the extent that surgery was required in January. I don't think it's reasonable.
Andy Murray of Great Britain shakes hands with Marius Copil of Romania after winning their match during Day Six of the Citi Open at the Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. When play resumed, Zverev took a second break thanks to a series of errors by Nishikori and closed out the match.
Storms earlier in the week forced some men to play twice in one day.
"I'm exhausted after playing so much over the last 4 days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months", Murray wrote in a statement.More news: China may be ‘getting in our way’ on North Korea
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Third-ranked defending champion Alexander Zverev took bragging rights in his sibling rivalry, beating 15th-seeded older brother Mischa 6-3, 7-5 in their first ATP meeting.
The rain delayed the start of Thursday's schedule as Murray and Copil finished their match at 03:01 AM local time. "I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come from a long-term injury". Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Tsitsipas, ranked a career-high 32nd, reached the fourth round last month at Wimbledon, becoming the first Greek player in the last 16 of a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
Tournament Director Keely O'Brien added: "I am so grateful that Andy, an incredible champion, came back to D.C.to begin what we all know will be a great comeback".
"Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good", Murray said in remarks reported by The Associated Press.
"I do understand 3 a.m.is very hard for everyone", O'Brien said.
"Not just my hip, but the rest of my body as well".