Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Indian Wells: Nadal pulls out with injury before Federer semi-final

Spain's Rafael Nadal receives treatment during his quarter-final victory over Karen Khachanov at the ATP Indian Wells Masters. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA  AFP  Sean M. Haffey Federer breezes into Indian Wells semis
Jennie Wade | 17 March, 2019, 09:17

He soldiered through to what would have been a 39th career meeting with Federer, but said he knew when he practiced Saturday morning that he wouldn't be able to play to an adequate standard. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal's knee.

A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Nadal said he won't play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay in mid-April.

The Swiss master has also won two of the pair's three meetings in Indian Wells, but Nadal, who has won three titles at Indian Wells, will try to even the score.

"I don't have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo", he said.

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.

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.

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The similar gameplay was emulated in the set second by the ATP men, but this time it was the 2016 Wimbledon finalist, Raonic who got hold of the set and pushed the nervy last four round of the Indian Wells 2019 into the deciding set.

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.

He couldn't convert his only break point against Raonic in the second, and Raonic managed to seize the tiebreaker aided by a favorable netcord bounce for a 5-3 lead. [Nadal] played so well this week and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis again.

"My goal is to play on all the surfaces", he said.

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.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is an 11-time champion at the tournament - six more victories than any other player in history.

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