Andy Murray in tears after 3am win to reach Washington quarter-finals

Heather Diaz
August 6, 2018

Playing in just his third tournament since an 11-month break following surgery, it was an awesome show of resilience from Murray as his hip held out in his third three-set match this week. Coming from behind to beat Mackenzie McDonald and then outlasting British No.1 Kyle Edmund, but this was a match where Murray was heavily favoured, but he had to fend off a flurry of forehand and backhand winners from Copil to begin with.

Andy Murray faces Alex de Minaur in the Citi Open quarter-finals in Washington, live on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm BST.

Andy Murray has made a decision to withdraw from next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto after a gruelling week in Washington.

Former world number one Murray, now ranked 832, denied Copil on all four break chances in the first set and took a 5-0 tie-breaker lead only to drop the next seven points and squander the set, yelling at himself several times before netting a backhand to end the misery.

However, he recovered to break Copil in the second set.

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His reward is a meeting with Andrey Rublev, who got past John Isner's unlikely conqueror Noah Ruben in straight sets.

Much earlier Thursday, 6-foot-10 American John Isner, ranked ninth in the world and seeded second, fell 6-4, 7-6 (6) to wild-card entrant Noah Rubin in the second round. Play was also delayed Thursday, beginning about 3½ hours late because of a shower.

After rain forced play to be suspended earlier in the day, both players emerged to a sparse crowd after midnight local time.

Murray won a trio of three-setters, each lasting at least 2 1/2 hours, at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, part of his comeback from surgery on his right hip. "I was really keen on those big moments, and just had fun with it". "That's all I can say".

As with the first set, the third saw both players hold their service games through to 5-4 in favour of Murray and the 31-year-old booked his place in the third round on the first break - and match - point after two hours and 34 minutes.

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