Milos Raonic joins Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer on US Open player withdrawal list

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Milos Raonic joins Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer on US Open player withdrawal list

Former world No. 3 Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the US Open due to a right leg injury. Raonic, now ranked at No. 34 in the world, has had a couple of rough months. After losing in the Miami Masters round-of-16 in March, Raonic took an extensive break but hoped he would be ready for the grass season.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case as Raonic ended up skipping Wimbledon. Raonic returned to action in late-July at the Atlanta Open, where he picked up a first round loss to Brandon Nakashima. The US Open is the Grand Slam event where Raonic has had least success.

The Canadian has made the US Open round-of-16 four times throughout his career but never the quarterfinal. Raonic has made the quarterfinal at least once in each of the other three Grand Slams.

Raonic joins Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer

Nadal is out for the season due to a foot injury, while Federer announced a third knee surgery.

"Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that unfortunately I have to end the 2021 season. Honestly, I’ve been suffering a lot more than I should with my foot for a year and I need to take some time. After having discussed it with the team and family, this decision has been made and I think it is the way forward to try to recover and recover well," Nadal said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Federer announced: "I just wanted to give you a bit of an update [on] what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it’s not been simple. I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon.

That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it."