Andy Murray breaks down in tears after gruelling 3am victory

Silvia Morton
August 4, 2018

The Scot is due back on court on Friday night at 8.30pm local time to face Alex de Minaur - a mere 17-and-a-half hours after leaving court this morning - but could be forced to pull out.

The former world No. 1 - now ranked 832nd - took out Copil 6-7 6-3 7-6 to set up a clash with Aussie youngster Alex de Minaur in what will be his first quarterfinal in over a year.

However, Murray - now ranked 832nd in the world - suggested he might not be able to continue playing in the tournament, in large part because of what time the match ended.

"I don't think I should be put in a position like that, when you're expected to come out and perform the next day".

Thursday's play at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open was delayed at the outset by about 3 1/2 hours because of rain.

Reflecting on his tearful response to the game's conclusion, the player said it was down to "the emotions coming out at the end of an extremely long day".

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'I don't know how you are expected to recover from that.

"It's not good. And it's basically like playing two matches in a day".

He explained: 'Finishing matches at three in the morning is not good.

After shaking hands with Copil and acknowledging the understandably sparse crowd, Murray sat down in his chair and sobbed repeatedly into his towel.

But the Romanian immediately broke back before holding serve to level the match, before Murray's fitness prevailed in the deciding tie-break.

Despite not being able to find a way past the doughty Copil until the breaker, Murray always looked determined to force a victory in what is a hugely important comeback event in his recovery.

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