Andy Murray withdraws from Washington quarter-final and will miss Rogers Cup
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Andy Murray withdraws from Washington quarter-final and will miss Rogers Cup

04/08/2018

Top seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev overcame Kei Nishikori to win their rain-delayed Citi Open quarter-final in three sets on Friday, after Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament citing fatigue.

The Scot had been in action until past 3am on Friday morning as he beat Marius Copil in three sets - and memorably cried in his seat following an emotional victory.

Being asked to play again on Friday proved too much. "I don't know how players are expected to recover from that," Murray said after the Copil win.

Murray's withdrawal gave Australia's Alex de Minaur a free pass to the semi-finals where he will meet the winner of Andrey Rublev and American Denis Kudler.

The former British number one also said he would miss the Rogers Cup in Toronto next week as he carefully manages his return from a lengthy injury absence.

"I'm exhausted after playing so much over the past four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months," Murray said.

" I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come back from a long-term injury."

"I need to be smart with my rest and recovery. My plan is to head to Cincinnati early next week. Appreciate all the support this week in Washington, it's amazing to be back playing."

Zverev bounced back after dropping the opening set to overhaul seventh-seeded Nishikori 3-6 6-1 6-4, eliminating him from the tournament for the second consecutive year.

German Zverev will meet Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Saturday after the up-and-coming Greek upset third seed David Goffin 6-3 6-4.

The Zverev-Nishikori result was delayed for more than two hours by rain with Zverev leading 3-2 with a break in the third set. When play resumed, Zverev took a second break thanks to a series of errors by Nishikori and closed out the match.

Nishikori had earlier controlled play as Zverev stayed largely behind the baseline but that changed in the second set, when the German became far more aggressive, especially on return. The teenaged Tsitsipas took advantage of an uncharacteristic slew of unforced errors by Goffin to topple the world number 11.

He saved all three break points he faced and fired seven aces to Goffin's four in the upset. He also won 86 per cent of his first serve points. De Minaur moved into his third ATP semi-final, after reaching his first two in January at Brisbane and Sydney. The 19-year-old is projected to soar past his previous career-best world ranking of 68 and could make the top 50.

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