Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Roger Federer semi-final

Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Roger Federer semi-final

"It's not my case", he said. I'm very excited to be in the semis here. "It's been quite a journey with Rafa side by side".

It would have been the 39th career meeting between Nadal and Federer, who advances to Sunday's final in pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells.

Hurkacz's nerves in his first meeting with Federer showed when he whiffed on a second-serve return on the Swiss great's first service point of the match.


Nadal, too, says the contrast in styles, coupled with the pair's sheer longevity, makes every meeting something to treasure. "And at the same time, two players with a good relationship after all the things that we went through in our careers, competing for the most important things", he said. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal's knee. On having won the last five matches played against Nadal, Federer added: "I don't think those five matches matter that much, to be honest".

Some shoddy early work from Nadal gave Khachanov a platform to break in the first game, but the frustrated Spaniard gradually turned the tide and forced errors from his opponent to level the opener at 3-3.

"Nobody can guarantee anything about what can happen the next day, but of course my goal is to be ready for tomorrow". "They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.)".

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