After three grueling wins, the last ending at 3:01am Friday morning, Andy Murray withdrew from his Washington quarterfinal with Alex De Minaur and also announced he would not take the wildcard into Toronto next week.
“I’m exhausted after playing so much over the past four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months,” Murray said in a statement.
“I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come from a long-term injury. I’m gutted not to be playing and I’d like to thank the tournament and all the fans. There are lots of positives to take from this week, so I’ll take some time to rest and recover and then to Cincinnati early to prepare and get ready.”
Murray is playing just his third event of 2018 after hip surgery in January. The Scot needed three sets to beat Mackenzie McDonald on Monday, three against in wins over Kyle Edmund on Wednesday and Marius Copil late Thursday/Friday morning.
With Murray out of Toronto, where he is a 3-time champion, Stan Wawrinka, who was slated for qualies, took the wildcard and will play in the main draw, he faces Nick Kyrgios in his opener.
By reaching the quarters, Murray has already seen his ranking jump from No. 832 to around 375. The 31-year-old is expected to play in Cincinnati.
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