Nadal's knee injury forces him out of semis at Indian Wells

Dominic Theim

Dominic Theim

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to face off in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Saturday, March 16.

Nadal's withdraw was a disappointment for sure, but to spend too much time focusing on the past would be disrespectful of what's to come Sunday.

Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on.

Nadal and Federer, who have 37 Grand Slam titles between them, have not played each another since 2017.

The World No.2 had made it to the last four without dropping a set, so it was especially devastating when knee pain flared up during his 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) quarter-final victory over Russian Karen Khachanov on Friday.

Nadal, who has struggled with knee injuries throughout his stellar career, was the second high-profile player to withdraw from the tournament. The trainer returned again with Nadal leading 3-2 in the second set. "They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.)". Maybe we're going to pay the price at the age of 45 or something.

Andreescu became the first wild card to reach the Indian Wells final. "I know that every one that we have now could be our last".

Dominic Thiem of Austria in action against Milos Raonic of Canada during their men's singles semifinal at the Indian Wells 2019
Dominic Thiem of Austria in action against Milos Raonic of Canada during their men’s singles semifinal at the Indian Wells 2019

"I wanted to try my best to be competitive today", Nadal told reporters, including tennis writer Carole Bouchard.

"It was so many emotions going through my head", she said. The Ukrainian also was bothered by her inflamed right knee. "I think we'll see interesting points tomorrow". "You can imagine that I can't be happy".

"He's unbelievable in defense", Khachanov said. I am used to playing with some issues, so I just tried to be focused. "He steps in and then he starts moving you, and then you are again in trouble".

Federer admitted he wants a do-over after last year's disappointing defeat in the finals at Indian Wells, and said he welcomed a day of rest.

"It's always something special to play him", he said. I thought the match was definitely on.

Hurkacz, a 22-year-old Pole, earned three-set upsets of No. 28 Lucas Pouille, No. 6 Kei Nishikori and No. 24 Denis Shapovalov to make his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal, against his childhood idol. Federer was playing in his 83rd at this level.

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