Andy Murray withdraws from Rogers Cup in Toronto to continue recovery

Andy Murray of Britain becomes emotional after defeating Marius Copil of Romania 6-7, 3-6 7-6, during the Citi Open tennis tournament in Washington Friday Aug. 3 2018

Andy Murray's emotional condition and physical status was the talk of the ATP and WTA Washington Open after reaching Friday's quarter-finals left the three-time Grand Slam champion shattered and weeping.

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

Andy Murray has withdrawn from his Citi Open quarter-final after a late-night finish on Friday morning.

Murray had earlier announced he would not be playing in next week's Rogers Cup, which would have been his first Masters tournament since last spring.

The three-time major champion, coming back from hip surgery, finished his most recent match at 3 a.m. Friday and made a decision to withdraw rather than play again so soon afterward. "Not good for fans, not good for TV, nobody".

I don't think I should be put in a position like that. "Nobody", said Murray, a former No. 1 who had an operation on his right hip in January.

Murray said in the pre-dawn hours he might withdraw, adding, "I don't know how players are expected to recover".

O'Brien said: "I hope that Andy really takes into consideration this role in his sport and as a global role model to guys and girls on the tour and kids around the world that, when things are hard and tough and the conditions aren't great, it's not OK to just give up".

Murray said in a statement on the ATP website: "I won't be able to play my match tonight". "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".

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.

A weeping Andy Murray after his match finished in the early hours. "Everytime I wake up from sleeping or napping I hope that it's better and it's quite demoralising when you get on the court it's not at the level you need it to be to compete at this level".

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.

But, yelling at himself or his coach rather frequently, Murray came all the way back to win and improve to 4-2 in his comeback.

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

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