It was a long battle but a well earned victory with thorns attached to the Murray Rose.

Murray's statement on the ATP website reads: “I won’t be able to play my match tonight. I’m exhausted after playing so much over the past four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months. I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come back 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 – I won’t play in Toronto next week – and then head to Cincinnati early to prepare and get ready.”

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Murray, competing in only his third tournament after prolonged injury problems and hip surgery in January, had played a trio of three-set matches within four days. 

Victory over Copil was his latest ever finish to a match, having only come on to court at midnight, after rain caused the start of Thursday’s play to be delayed by more than three hours.

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