Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray took a shot at the Citi Open after finishing his match at 03:01 AM local time. The Scot edged out Romania's Marius Copil after a three-hour and two-minute battle 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-6 (4) to reach the Washington quarter-final.
The rain has been giving the Washington organizers issues the whole week. The Thursday schedule was fully packed and some players were scheduled to play two matches on the same day. The weather didn't help as the rain delayed the start of the match for about four hours.
The Washington organizers decided to make a radical move and have all the scheduled matches played. Murray was set to clash next Australian rising star Alex de Minaur -- but the Scot withdrew from the match as he failed to recover in time after a grueling late night finish against Copil.
Murray previously played a two-hour and 37-minute match against Mackenzie McDonald and also needed two hours and 32 minutes of play to beat Kyle Edmund in the second round. "Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good.
It's not good for the players, not good, I don't think, for anyone involved in the event. Not good for fans, not good for tv, nobody," Murray said post-match. "I don't think it's reasonable...and I'm disappointed in that.
I know that the weather's tricky—I know it is—for the scheduling. But it's a very difficult position to be in when you're coming back from such a long layoff." Also read: Gael Monfils set to miss Toronto Masters