Andy Murray withdraws from Citi Open due to exhaustion

An emotional Andy Murray of Britain steps off court after defeating Marius Copil of Romania

An emotional Andy Murray of Britain steps off court after defeating Marius Copil of Romania

"I'd like to thank the tournament for a wildcard, I always love playing in Canada and look forward to returning next year", Murray, a three-time Grand Slam victor, said. It's not good for anyone, I don't think, involved in the event. "(My body) doesn't feel great right now.

"I've had a few long matches".

An emotional Murray was in tears after the victory and said afterwards he thought it was "unreasonable" to ask a player to finish a match so late and then be expected to play again the following day.

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

But speaking to a small group of reporters outside the locker room, Murray said he "potentially" could consider not playing. "I don't know how players are expected to recover from that", Murray said.

"I'm giving my view right now as someone who's just come back from a very, very long injury layoff". I know that the weather's tricky for the scheduling.

The Washington event starts midweek men's matches typically not before 4pm, a nod to past complaints by some of having to repeatedly play in the heat of the day while bigger names had cooler conditions at night. "I'm not sure how well I'll recover from that".

Tournament director Keely O'Brien had told the Washington Post she wanted Murray to play, citing his role model status. Certainly, if he can't play because of his injury, that's one thing.

"Need to keep doing what I'm doing, play my game and keep my level high", Tsitsipas 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".

Murray's third-round victory over Marius Copil ended just past 3 a.m. on Friday.

The Aussie is into the semi-finals of an ATP event for the first time in his career after Murray pulled out of their quarter-final.

Tsitsipas, 19, ousted Goffin in just 74 minutes.

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

Germany's third-ranked Zverev, seeking his fifth final of the season and third title of the year after Munich and Madrid, dispatched seventh-seed Nishikori, the 2015 champion, as he did in last year's Washington semi-finals.

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.

Andy Murray later says he might not play his scheduled last-match quarter-final if he can not recovery sufficiently in time.

But the effort took a toll.

After his match against Copil, Murray may have seen enough for the time being.

Murray looked set to win the opening set against Copil, ranked 93, after moving 5-0 ahead in the tie-break only for the Romanian to reel off seven points in a row.

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