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Nadal out of US Open due to wrist
US Open Nadal Withdra Heal
In this Sept. 9, 2013, file photo, Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Novak Djokovic during the men's singles final of the 2013 U.S. Open. Nadal will not defend his title at the U.S. Open because of an injured right wrist. - photo by Associated Press
Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year's last Grand Slam tournament. Nadal announced his withdrawal, blamed on a bad right wrist, one week before play begins at Flushing Meadows. "I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things," a posting on Nadal's Facebook page read.