Andy Murray latest Open casualty

Murray has had a disappointing season and has suffered from injury and illness

Murray, Wimbledon victor in 2013 and 2016, has not played since crashing out at the quarter-finals stage at SW19 in July and will now miss the last Grand Slam of the year.

Andy Murray shocked the US Open on Saturday night by withdrawing from the tournament due to his continuing hip problem.

Murray said he had hoped that his time off this summer-he hadn't played since. I obviously spoke to a lot of hip specialists.

Murray, who won the 2012 U.S. Open, joined Novak Djokovic (elbow), Stan Wawrinka (knee) and Milos Raonic (wrist) on the list of players who have dropped out.

That leaves No. 1 seed Nadal and No. 3 Roger Federer - who has been dealing with a bad back himself - as the two clear favorites for the men's trophy.

On the women's side, Serena Williams is absent because of her pregnancy, and Victoria Azarenka withdrew because of a child custody matter.

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"I'll definitely make a decision on that in the next few days", Murray said. He has not returned to the semifinals in NY since claiming the first major of his career there back in 2012. "We were hoping that by taking a few weeks off and resting and rehabbing and really reducing the load that I was putting through it that I'd be okay by the time that the U.S. Open came around but unfortunately that's not been the case".

"I want to be back on court as soon as I can", Murray said.

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.

No. 5 seed Marin Cilic moves to Murray's position at the bottom of the draw.

And Kohlschreiber's spot in the draw will be filled by Slovakian qualifying lucky loser Lukas Lacko.

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