Fatigued Murray withdraws from Citi Open, Rogers…

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

The Scot confirmed earlier today that his decision to withdraw from the Rogers Cup in Toronto next week as a result of a gruelling week in the capital of the United States.

The Brit was due to play young Aussie Alex De Minaur in a quarter-final on Friday but Murray decided against competing due to exhaustion.

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 hope we see him on court tonight fighting like he did last night, because that, I believe, is the right message for anyone in this sport", she said.

Murray has played three sets in each Citi Open match (best of threes), and he's played for over 2 1/2 hours every time.

O'Brien struck a different note in an official statement following Murray's withdrawal, saying: "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".

"I'm gutted not to be playing".

Murray said, "I didn't realise until these last few months just how much I love this game".

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Alexander Zverev, of Germany, waves to the crowd after he defeated Kei Nishikori, of Japan, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 during the Citi Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Washington.

The rain delayed the start of Thursday's schedule as Murray and Copil finished their match at 03:01 AM local time.

Murray's match against Romanian Marius Copil did not finish until 03:00 local time on Friday morning and the three-time grand slam victor has also pulled out of the Rogers Cup as he eases himself back to full fitness following hip surgery in January.

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

It was Murray's first hard court tournament since March 2017 having been plagued by a hip injury.

I don't think I should be put in a position like that. I know that the weather's tricky for the scheduling.

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.

Asked after beating Copil how his body is holding up, Murray replied: "It doesn't feel great, just now". "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".

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