Indian Wells 2019:- Dominic Thiem Knocks Out Milos Raonic, Roger Federer Next

Indian Wells 2019:- Dominic Thiem Knocks Out Milos Raonic, Roger Federer Next

The meeting between Nadal and Federer would have been their 39th in long rivalry and the first since 2017.

Nadal, whose longstanding right knee trouble flared up in his quarter-final victory over Karen Khachanov, couldn't take the court for the blockbuster semi-final with Swiss great Federer.

Nadal confirmed he would also skip the upcoming Miami Masters and aim to recover and prepare for the claycourt season, targeting a return at Monte Carlo April 14-21. "As I say before, is not only about today, is about tomorrow".

Federer concluded: When Rafa came on tour I was World No. 1 and he was very shy and it was like, Whatever Roger is deciding is okay, then he grew stronger and developed his own character. [Nadal] played so well this week and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis again.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rallied past No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, winning on her fourth match point to reach the biggest final of her young career. "His serve is just unreal so even though I played awesome it was so close the first two sets".

Dominic Thiem, right, greets Milos Raonic after defeating him in their semifinal match.

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Nadal trailed 6-5 before Khachanov's forehand error forced the second tiebreaker, which Nadal dominated to close out the match that lasted just over two hours.

Federer, meanwhile, broke Pole Hubert Hurkacz once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 win in the first career meeting between the pair and was perhaps more bothered by his early start.

Knee problems have dogged the 32-year-old Spaniard in recent years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the US Open in September. "I warmed up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete, to play semi-finals match of this event".

"I love to play on hard (courts), but probably my body don't love it that much", Nadal said, according to Christopher Clarey of the New York Times.

While Nadal said he feels knee pain "almost always", in the face of this latest setback he insisted: "My goal doesn't change".

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