Andy Murray withdraws from Rogers Cup in Toronto to continue recovery

Virginia Santiago
August 7, 2018

He also told reporters that he could "potentially" withdraw from the tournament rather than take on De Minaur.

If his body can take it, Murray plays for a semifinal spot in Friday's last match against 72ndranked De Minaur, who pulled two upsets on Thursday after rain, dumping United States 11th seed Steve Johnson 6-4 7-5 and South Korean eighth seed Chung Hyeon 6-2 4-6 6-2.

The Washington event starts midweek men's matches typically not before 4pm, a nod to past complaints by some of having to repeatedly play in the heat of the day while bigger names had cooler conditions at night.

"I sincerely respect his decision and know that his health and recovery process is his top priority, as it should be".

"I've played quite a few matches this week in Washington and I need to be smart with my rest and recovery as I come back from injury".

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Murray was playing in just his third event since having hip surgery a year ago.

"Finishing matches at three in the morning is not good".

"I don't think I should be put in a position like that", Murray said. "But he's a fighter, and he doesn't give up, and he needs to have everyone see that", she said.

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".

"I do understand 3 a.m.is very hard for everyone", O'Brien said.

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Germany's third-ranked Zverev, seeking his fifth final of the season and third title of the year after Munich and Madrid, dispatched seventh-seed Nishikori, the 2015 champion, as he did in last year's Washington semi-finals.

On the other half of the draw, three-time major champion Andy Murray pulled out of his quarterfinal after winning a trio of three-setters and lamenting a schedule that had him start his latest victory at midnight.

On the women's side, two-time Grand Slam victor Svetlana Kuznetsova was to face Kazak eighth seed Yulia Putintseva for a semi-final spot.

After the final point, Murray went to his chair, buried his face in a towel and wept, sobbing at times, and kept his head down and face covered as he exited the court.

"Just the emotions coming at the end of an extremely long day and a long match", he said.

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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.

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