Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

Defending champion Alexander Zverev reaches Citi Open final

The Scot had earlier announced that he has chose to sit out next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto and his next tournament will now be the Western and Southern Open, starting on August 13 in Cincinnati.

Australian Alex De Minaur, another 19-year-old, reached the semi-finals by walkover when Murray withdrew, citing the fatigue of three grueling three-set wins that kept him on the court more than eight hours in total. Zverev joked after advancing, "I think I'm the only one that's allowed to buy a drink in the USA, right?"

Murray also withdrew from next week's ATP Toronto Masters, citing the drain from three gruelling three-set victories over more than eight hours on the USA capital hardcourts.

Murray told reporters at the tournament: "I don't think it's reasonable and I'm disappointed in that".

Now ranked 832nd, Murray ended an 11-month absence from the tour in June, playing just three matches before arriving at the Citi Open.

He declared in a statement: "I won't be able to play my match tonight. I'm exhausted after playing so much over the past four days", Murray said on Friday.

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

Murray, who withdrew from Wimbledon last month to continue his recovery for his hip, which he had surgery on in January, defeated Marius Copil in three sets 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).


The former world No. 1 had to dig deep after conceding a 5-0 advantage in the first-set tie break to lose 7-5, but Murray twice broke Copil in the second set to force a decider.

Tournament director Keely O'Brien had earlier caused controversy with comments to the Washington Post encouraging Murray to play.

"I don't think I should be put in a position like that", Murray said. "I'm not sure how well I'll recover from that".

The No. 1-seeded Zverev, who beat his older brother, Mischa, in the third round, also eliminated 2015 Washington champion Nishikori at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open a year ago en route to the title.

"There are lots of positives to take from this week so I'll take some time to rest and recover (I won't play in Toronto next week) and then head to Cincinnati early to prepare and get ready".

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

Not just my hip, but the rest of my body as well".

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

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