Murray pulls out of US Open, may miss rest of season

Roger Federer injury update ahead of US Open

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will kick-start his 2017 US Open campaign Tuesday (Wednesday in Australia) against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.

The U.S. Open is underway in Queens.

However, Nadal doesn't want to meet Federer in the semis.

They have played 37 times, including 12 at the other majors - most recently the Australian Open in January, when Federer edged Nadal in five sets.

The other semifinal could be No. 2 Andy Murray vs.

Rafael Nadal has a lot going for him at the US Open 2017.

Sharapova was 19 when she won her U.S. Open trophy.

Defending champion Angelique Kerber takes on Japan's Naomi Osaka of Japan.

He went to on elaborate his rationale for not having to continue the Fedal rivalry at Slams.

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There will be no Serena Williams, once again, but her sister, Venus Williams, will be taking on a qualifier. Another superstar bites the triage dust, the first time the Scotsman has ever pulled out of a Slam.

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Sharapova was kicked off the tour after testing positive for the newly banned drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

"I prefer to play against another one", Nadal told a news conference at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. There, he suffered his first straight sets defeat of the year as he lost to Alexander Zverev.

"But obviously I'll need to make the correct decision and really think it through these next couple of days with my team, and then make that decision".

Of those Germany's 20-year-old Zverev looks the best bet to shake it up after rising to sixth in the world after beating Federer in the Rogers Cup in Montreal - the biggest title so far for the six-foot-six-inch powerhouse.

Maria Sharapova received a wild-card entry and will face Halep in the opening round.

Murray had been suffering from a hip injury since the French Open and it grew worse at Wimbledon. Neither of them is in this year's tournament because of season-ending injuries. She came out last night and dominated the first and third sets, sending Halep home in the Round of 128, and leaving the door open for an wonderful and unpredictable US Open.

French Open champion Nadal takes a more pragmatic view and would prefer to play someone other than resurgent Roger in the last four. Should Bouchard win that, No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina (+1000) is likely up next. "I missed it past year".

Add in Murray, and that means five of the top 11 men in the ATP rankings will be absent when the U.S. Open starts Monday. While the women's brackets have been insane with top player Serena Williams out since the spring due to her pregnancy, it has been mostly the Roger Federer show on the men's side.

At 36, Federer isn't likely to play for another eight or nine years but he is playing some of the best tennis of his career at this advanced tennis age - maybe the best tennis. The two legends have played multiple times at every other Grand Slam event, but never here in NY.

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