The US Open says that Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year because of injury.
Citing left knee tendinitis, the third-ranked Nadal hasn't played a match since June 28, when he was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol.
Nadal also pulled out of the London Olympics and a hard-court tuneup tournament in Cincinnati.The Spaniard won the 2010 US Open to complete a career Grand Slam and was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic last year.
Venus surges ahead
Cincinnati: Venus Williams showed that, almost a year after her health scare, she has the stamina needed as she battled for two hours 23 minutes to beat Russia's Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 at the Cincinnati Open on Tuesday. The seven-times grand slam singles champion winner pulled out of last year's US Open citing an auto-immune disease, Sjogren's Syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain.
"I'm doing a lot better than this time last year," Williams told reporters. "So much better. So much better than a couple months of ago as well. I also am learning to deal with everything a lot better.
Australian Bernard Tomic booked a third-round spot at the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday, the teen's 6-4, 6-3 defeat of American Brian Baker settling up a likely meeting with Roger Federer.
The top-seeded Swiss still has to win his opening encounter Wednesday against Alex Bogomolov of Russia. "If I get the chance to play Roger, It will be very interesting," said the World No. 49, the only teen in the top 50.