Emotional Murray survives Copil marathon

Andy Murray bounced back from dropping the first set against Marius Copil to reach the last eight of the ATP's Citi Open on Thursday.

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Andy Murray survived a scare to continue his comeback from injury at the Citi Open in Washington on Thursday.

The former world number one, who has been sidelined for much of the last year due to a hip problem, fell a set down against world number 93 Marius Copil.

But the three-time grand slam singles champion ultimately asserted himself to beat the Romanian 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 7-6 (7-4) in just over three hours.

The 31-year-old was left sobbing in his chair after overcoming the latest three-set marathon of the tournament.

Up next for Murray will be a meeting with rising Australian star Alex de Minaur, who came from a set down to upset South Korean Hyeon Chung 2-6 6-4 6-2.

Third seed David Goffin made short work of American Francis Tiafoe, winning 6-0 6-3. The Belgian will take on Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the last four.

Denis Kudla battled to a hard-fought victory over Lucas Pouille, winning 7-5 6-7 (8-6) 7-6 (7-5) after two hours and 25 minutes.

His reward is a meeting with Andrey Rublev, who got past John Isner's unlikely conqueror Noah Ruben in straight sets.