Sky Sports tennis expert Mark Petchey says the Andy Murray versus Marius Copil Washington clash shows why the Scot has become such a great champion. Former world No. 1 Murray edged out world No. 93 Copil 6-7 (3) 6-3 7-6 (4) after three hours and two minutes of a grueling battle to reach the Citi Open quarter-final.
The rain delayed the start of Thursday's schedule as Murray and Copil finished their match at 03:01 AM local time. Murray returned to action from a hip surgery this past June when he played back-to-back grass-court tournaments in Queen's and Eastbourne.
The 31-year-old then took another break as he skipped Wimbledon before returning to action at this week's Citi Open in Washington. Murray previously needed two hours and 37 minutes to beat Mackenzie McDonald in the first round and two hours and 32 minutes to beat Kyle Edmund in the second round.
Murray fought hard in all three matches and got emotional after his win over Copil as he broke down in years after the match. Murray, now ranked at No. 832 in the world, is a three-time Grand Slam champion and back-to-back Olympics champion.
The Scot's hip was heavily damaged a year ago but the Scot refused to give up and call it a career as he still hopes that he will be able to return to his old form. "If you ever want to understand his (Murray's) utter love, unconditional love for tennis, the reason he’s such a great champion -- this is all you ever need to watch," Petchey wrote on Twitter.
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