Andy Murray out of Cincinnati Masters with hip injury
By AFP Sport
Last Updated: 10/08/17 2:34pm
World number one Andy Murray will miss next week's ATP Masters Series event in Cincinnati with a nagging hip injury that also forced him out of this week's Montreal event.
Murray is struggling for fitness ahead of the US Open, which starts August 28 in New York and, even if he is able to play, it remains to be seen how well he can perform after missing the two major hardcourt warm-up events for the Flushing Meadows fortnight.
"Unfortunately I won't be playing in Cincinnati as I continue my recovery," Murray said on Wednesday. "I always enjoy playing there and I look forward to returning next year.
"I'm continuing to work hard on the court with the aim of being in New York."
The 30-year-old Scotsman, who has topped the rankings since last November, could be overtaken this week by French Open champion Rafael Nadal if the Spaniard reaches Montreal semi-finals.
Nadal, though, will be the number one seed next week in Cincinnati for the first time since 2010, no matter how he fares in Canada this week.
Wimbledon and Australian Open winner Roger Federer, who has won seven Cincinnati titles including crowns in 2014 and 2015, will be the second seed - marking the first year since 2009 that Nadal and Federer are the two top seeds in Cincinnati.
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