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Topic - Marcel Granollers
The last man from the United States left is Tim Smyczek, a 25-year-old from Milwaukee who got into the main draw thanks to a wild-card invitation from the U.S. Tennis Association.
Defending champion Andy Murray could face top-seeded Novak Djokovic only in the U.S. Open semifinals, while Nadal and Federer — who have never played each other at Flushing Meadows — might meet in the quarterfinals.
The U.S. Open champion met with specialists this week and has opted to now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season and Wimbledon next month.
Murray retired from his second-round match with Spanish opponent Marcel Granollers at the Italian Open on Wednesday with lower back pain and considers himself doubtful for the French Open.
Nicolas Almagro has withdrawn from Spain's Davis Cup first-round tie against Canada because of an injury.
Spain will open the Davis Cup against Canada without injured star Rafael Nadal or regular member David Ferrer.
The Czech Republic won the doubles Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one victory away from its first title as an independent nation.
With Rafael Nadal injured again, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro will lead defending champion Spain for its Davis Cup semifinal against the United States this month.
Rafael Nadal will lead an unchanged Spain squad against Argentina in next month's Davis Cup final.
Rafael Nadal will lead Spain in the Davis Cup final against Argentina, which will count on Juan Martin del Potro and David Nalbandian to lead the South Americans to a first title in their fourth attempt.
Top-seeded players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the quarterfinals at the China Open on Thursday.
Forgive Roger Federer for having a hard time understanding why there's already been a record 14 players who quit during singles matches through three rounds of this year's U.S. Open.
Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan earned the United States its first point of a Davis Cup quarterfinal against Spain, keeping the Americans alive with a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcel Granollers and Fernando Verdasco in doubles Saturday.
Summing up a 6-2, 6-0 loss to defending champion Francesca Schiavone at the French Open, Melanie Oudin of Marietta, Ga., said Monday: "Basically, I pretty much got a clay-court lesson."
Novak Djokovic has extended his winning streak to 22 consecutive matches by beating wild card James Blake 6-2, 6-0 in the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open.
"He is a good player and he can do well in Roland Garros and if he has a problem then I can understand he is thinking of Paris," Granollers said. "I think he played better at the end of the second set but he knows his problem."
"I served well until the (fourth) set," Granollers said. "But I couldn't put in the first serve in that game."