Andy Murray in tears after 3am win to reach Washington quarter-finals
Andy Murray v Marius Copil 6-7 6-3 7-6

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

Andy Murray broke down in tears after clinching his place in the quarter-finals of ATP Washington, closing out a 6-7 6-3 7-6 victory over Marius Copil after 3am.

Ranked at 832 in the world rankings coming in to the US Open warm-up event, Murray could not contain his emotions after continuing his encouraging run in DC.

At 3:01am local time, the Brit eventually sealed victory over Copil to reach his first quarter-final since Wimbledon last year.

For Murray it was a hugely emotional win and he sobbed into his towel after taking the deciding set tie-break 7-4 against the 27-year-old Romanian.

The former world number one, who is attempting to return to the top of the tennis world after undergoing hip surgery in January, has had to battle through the rust in regaining form ahead of Flushing Meadows.

The 31-year-old lost the opening set 7-5 on a tie-break, but fought back strongly to level up the match with a commanding break of serve in the second at a crucial stage.

Despite not being able to find a way past the doughty Copil until the breaker, Murray always looked determined to force a victory in what is a hugely important comeback event in his recovery.

The Brit will next take on Alex De Minaur on Friday with only a few hours to rest up before their last-eight clash.

Related news

Rafael Nadal to join Roger Federer in 2019 Laver Cup

Rafael Nadal to join Roger Federer in 2019 Laver Cup

Spaniard Rafael Nadal will team up with perennial rival Roger Federer for the third edition of the Laver Cup in Geneva next year.

Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title

Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title

Twenty four hours after being booed for having the audacity to take down a tennis great, Alexander Zverev returned to topple another one as he stunned Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals title on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic breezes past Kevin Anderson into final

Novak Djokovic breezes past Kevin Anderson into final

Novak Djokovic sealed a showdown with Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Finals after a comprehensive victory over Kevin Anderson in London.

Alexander Zverev shocks Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

Alexander Zverev shocks Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

Roger Federer will end the year tantalisingly short of his 100th career title after the king of men's tennis was forced to bow to young prince Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals on Saturday.

Federer seals ATP Finals semi-final spot with win over Anderson

Federer seals ATP Finals semi-final spot with win over Anderson

Roger Federer secured his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 at London's O2 Arena.

Dominic Thiem trounces Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals

Dominic Thiem trounces Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals

Dominic Thiem beat Kei Nishikori handily at the ATP Finals, 6-1 6-4 for his only win in the group stage of the competition.

Marin Cilic comes back to down John Isner and send Novak Djokovic through

Marin Cilic comes back to down John Isner and send Novak Djokovic through

Marin Cilic came from a set down to beat John Isner 6-7 6-3 6-4 at the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday evening.

Novak Djokovic overpowers Alexander Zverev for second straight win

Novak Djokovic overpowers Alexander Zverev for second straight win

Novak Djokovic is on the cusp of the ATP Tour finals semi-finals after a 6-4 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev at the O2 Arena on Wednesday.

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem

Roger Federer is still live at the ATP World Tour Finals thanks to a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.

RELATED NEWS

Rafael Nadal to join Roger Federer in 2019 Laver Cup
Laver Cup 2019

Rafael Nadal to join Roger Federer in 2019 Laver Cup

Spaniard Rafael Nadal will team up with perennial rival Roger Federer for the third edition of the Laver Cup in Geneva next year.

Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title
Alexander Zverev v Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3

Alexander Zverev stuns Novak Djokovic to claim ATP Finals title

Twenty four hours after being booed for having the audacity to take down a tennis great, Alexander Zverev returned to topple another one as he stunned Novak Djokovic to win the ATP Finals title on Sunday.

Novak Djokovic breezes past Kevin Anderson into final
Novak Djokovic v Kevin Anderson

Novak Djokovic breezes past Kevin Anderson into final

Novak Djokovic sealed a showdown with Alexander Zverev in the final of the ATP Finals after a comprehensive victory over Kevin Anderson in London.

Alexander Zverev shocks Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final
Alexander Zverev v Roger Federer

Alexander Zverev shocks Roger Federer in straight sets to reach final

Roger Federer will end the year tantalisingly short of his 100th career title after the king of men's tennis was forced to bow to young prince Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals on Saturday.

Federer seals ATP Finals semi-final spot with win over Anderson
Roger Federer v Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3

Federer seals ATP Finals semi-final spot with win over Anderson

Roger Federer secured his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals by beating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 at London's O2 Arena.

Dominic Thiem trounces Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals
Dominic Thiem v Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-4

Dominic Thiem trounces Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals

Dominic Thiem beat Kei Nishikori handily at the ATP Finals, 6-1 6-4 for his only win in the group stage of the competition.

Marin Cilic comes back to down John Isner and send Novak Djokovic through
Marin Cilic v John Isner 6-7 6-3 6-4

Marin Cilic comes back to down John Isner and send Novak Djokovic through

Marin Cilic came from a set down to beat John Isner 6-7 6-3 6-4 at the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday evening.

Novak Djokovic overpowers Alexander Zverev for second straight win
Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-1

Novak Djokovic overpowers Alexander Zverev for second straight win

Novak Djokovic is on the cusp of the ATP Tour finals semi-finals after a 6-4 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev at the O2 Arena on Wednesday.

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem
Roger Federer v Dominic Thiem 6-2 6-3

Roger Federer stays alive with comfortable win over Dominic Thiem

Roger Federer is still live at the ATP World Tour Finals thanks to a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over an out-of-sorts Dominic Thiem on Tuesday.