Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Nadal WD's before Federer clash with knee injury

Nadal WD's before Federer clash with knee injury

He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal's knee. "What I'm gonna do is go home and try to smoothly transition to clay and be 100 percent for the first event in Monte Carlo".

It means Federer is into a third successive Indian Wells final and having been beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in a thriller last year, he will hope to claim his sixth title in the Californian desert, two years after his last which came after victory over Stan Wawrinka.

"It's not about only during the tennis careers that I am anxious", he said.

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after withdrawing from his semi-final match against Roger Federer.

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Sunday's women's final features 18-year-old Canadian wild-card Bianca Andreescu against two-time major champion Angelique Kerber. I had some small chances in the second set.

Federer, 37, will play either Milos Raonic or Dominic Thiem in the final, bidding for his 101st career title.

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. "I know that every one that we have now could be our last".

"When Rafa is healthy, especially in a place like here in Indian Wells where he feels comfortable, he's clearly very tough to play", Federer said.

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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.

"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.

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.

"Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee", he said.

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"It's always something special to play [Federer] and also something special to compete in a Masters 1000 final", Thiem said after his semifinal match.

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