Washington - Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray
collected the biggest victory of his injury comeback on Wednesday at the ATP and
WTA Washington Open while defending champion Alexander Zverev booked a matchup
with his older brother.
Murray, sidelined by a right hip injury for 11 months until
returning in June, ousted fourth seed Kyle Edmund 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 6-4 in an
all-British matchup to reach the third round of the hardcourt tune-up for the
"That has been my best win since I started playing
again," Murray said. "It's a great win for me. It'll give me more
confidence going forward."
World number three Zverev defeated Tunisia's Malek Jaziri
6-2, 6-1, to send the 21-year-old German top seed into his first ATP match
against 30-year-old Mischa Zverev, the 15th seed who beat American Tim Smyczek
6-2, 7-6 (9/7).
"We played the final of Wimbledon a lot of times in our
backyard," Alex Zverev said. "I was 12. He was 22. I don't think I
ever won. But this is on hard-court."
On a day when reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens was
ousted by Germany's Andrea Petkovic and Australian Nick Kyrgios withdrew with a
sore left hip, Murray stole the show with an impressive victory.
"Hopefully my body will adapt to the matches and get
back to what it's supposed to be doing," Murray said.
"As the weeks progress, I hope to have more days like
today where the pressure and the expectations all grow."
Former world number one Murray, now ranked 832nd, outlasted
his 18th-ranked rival, breaking on a forehand return winner to advance after
two hours and 32 minutes.
"Now I have to get my body to play that way consistently
and work on getting better with every match," Murray said.
The 31-year-old Scotsman, who unleashed a primal scream and
flurry of fist pumps after winning his opener, wiped away sweat this time
before eventually pointing to the heavens, punching the air with his right fist
and pumping his fist with satisfaction.
"Much better in terms of the way I played," Murray
said. "Got a lot more points off my forehand. I was able to be more
aggressive. I wanted to dictate more points and be inside the baseline,
especially on the main points and particularly in the third set.
"I was less nervous. I increased my intensity at the
end of the second set. I thought I did that well."
Romania's 93rd-ranked Marius Copil, who ousted French 14th
seed Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-4, will face Murray on Thursday for a quarter-final
Third-ranked Stephens lost to 91st-rated Andrea Petkovic
2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Stephens, who won the Miami Open in March, made a run to the
French Open semi-finals but stumbled early in her first hardcourt stop before
defending her first Grand Slam title.
"Hopefully some things will connect in the next few
weeks coming into the US Open," Stephens said.
Petkovic, down a set and a break, rallied and won the final
four games to reach the quarter-finals, her first victory over a top-10 foe
since beating then-number five Garbine Muguruza at Doha in 2016.
"It's definitely a confidence boost," Petkovic
Japanese third seed Naomi Osaka, ranked 17th, is the only
top-45 player remaining in the women's draw.
Kyrgios, ranked 17th, tweeted he was "gutted" to
withdraw over the same injury that caused him to retire from an Atlanta Open
quarter-final last week.
"I haven't had enough time to be ready," Kyrgios
said. "The physio recommended a couple of days of rest, rehab and
treatment. I've got ample time for it to settle down before Toronto.
"It's disappointing. But at this stage I can't risk
aggravating the injury. Last year I wasn't healthy at the US Open so I want to
be right for that."
Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori beat US qualifier Donald
Young 6-3, 6-4 just before rain washed out the night's final five matches,
including US second seed John Isner's second-rounder against compatriot Noah
Results on Wednesday from the third day of the ATP and WTA Washington Open (x denotes seeding):
Denis Kudla (USA) bt Karen Khachanov (RUS x12) 6-2, 6-3
Frances Tiafoe (USA x13) bt Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 6-2, 6-4
Marius Copil (ROM) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA x14) 6-4, 6-4
James Duckworth (AUS) bt Jason Kubler (AUS) 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)
Mischa Zverev (GER x15) bt Tim Smyczek (USA) 6-2, 7-6 (9/7)
Denis Shapovalov (CAN x9) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x10) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Lucas Pouille (FRA x6) bt Vincent Millot (FRA) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 3-0, retired
Andy Murray (GBR) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR x4) 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 6-4
Alexander Zverev (GER x3) bt Malek Jaziri (TUN) 6-2, 6-1
David Goffin (BEL x3) bt Pierre-Hughes Herbert (FRA) 6-2, 1-6, 7-6 (7/5)
Chung Hyeon (KOR x8) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-7 (2/7), 6-4, 6-3
Tommy Paul (USA) bt Alex Bolt (AUS) 3-6, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2
Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x2) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Ysaline Bonaventure (BEL) bt Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 6-3, 6-3
Zheng Saisai (CHN) bt Katie Swan (GBR) 6-2, 6-4
Jen Brady (USA) bt Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 6-1, 6-4
Magda Linette (POL) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-4, 6-1