Injured Nadal withdraws from Indian Wells ahead of Federer clash

Tanya Simon
March 16, 2019

The world number two received treatment to the knee during his gruelling quarter-final win over Russia's Karen Khachanov on Friday.

Federer, who is looking to follow up his 100th title in Dubai last month, had a more comfortable outing in ending the run of young Pole Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-4.

At the BNP Paribas Open, they also faced each other in 2013, with Nadal defeating Federer in straight sets - the Swiss was dealing with a back injury - and in 2012 with the Basel native prevailing on a very windy day.

Assuming he does take to the court, Nadal will face his great rival for a 39th time, looking to improve his winning record to 24-15.

Nadal had enjoyed a dominant week at Indian Wells, reaching the semi-finals without dropping a set.

"It's been a tough one; he was a tough opponent and I didn't have the best start but I managed to come back and fight", he said.

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"I was trying to fight, compete and believe I can do it", Hurkacz told reporters. He didn't play again until the Australian Open, where he fell in the championship match to Novak Djokovic.

Federer piled on the pressure and another quick break gave him a 3-1 second set advantage.

Nadal said he won't play again until the Monte Carlo Masters clay event in mid-April. The 11-time French Open victor leads overall 23-15.

"A lot of time has gone by, unfortunately maybe for the rivalry for us, or for me".

Dominic Thiem and Milos Raoni are instead playing just now for a spot in the final.

"I don't think those five matches matter that much", Federer said.

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