Andy Murray injury boosts Roger Federer ahead of US Open

EPA  ETTORE FERRARI

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the US Open due to a persistent hip injury.

Murray is now the second top ranked Tennis player in the world. "Obviously I kind of ran out of time".

"I certainly wouldn't have been hurting myself more by trying to play".

Murray, the 30-year-old second seed, won the U.S. Open in 2012 and excels on hard courts.

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori have all ended their campaigns early due to injury issues, while Milos Raonic is another high-profile name to have pulled out. "But I'll decide on that in the next couple of days, for sure". I obviously spoke to a lot of hip specialists.

Murray has not played since losing to Sam Querrey at the Wimbledon quarterfinals, pulling out of various pre-US Open hard court tournaments and hoping to get better before the year's final Grand Slam.

But, if he does decide to go under the knife, Smith believes Murray can take confidence from the way he ultimately recovered from the back surgery to have the best season of his career past year - as well as the form shown by Roger Federer after his own knee surgery and lengthy break. Roger and Rafa (Nadal) previous year had a few problems. If it means that I can play before the end of the year, then that's what I would love to do. He said the US Open had come too soon for him to have a real shot at winning the title.

For ranking implications, he did have a chance of getting back to No. 1 although it would have been dependent on him doing very well and both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer doing poorly.

If Murray had pulled out of the field anytime before the draw was conducted Thursday, then Federer would have moved up to the No. 2 seeding and automatically would be in the bottom half of the bracket, setting up the possibility of a final between him and Nadal.

Kyle Edmund, who overnight lost 1-6 7-5 6-3 in the semi-final of the Winston-Salem Open to Bosnia's Damir Dzhumur, faces Dutch number one Robin Haase, while Aljaz Bedene tackles young Russian Andrey Rublev.

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