Rafael Nadal hopes to be ready for 'special' Roger Federer clash

Rafael Nadal Injured

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer with a right knee injury.

The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals on Friday, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2) 7-6 (2) in a match during which he required treatment on the knee. Nadal leads the rivalry 23-15, but Federer has won the past five matchups.

"It's not my case", he said. "But it always brings extra energy into the stadium and for the both of us". "It's been quite a journey with Rafa side by side".


The match will mark the 39th time the two legends play one another, but it'll be their first meeting since Shanghai 2017.

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.

"Different styles, different ways to understand the sport". I am going to try my best to recover well and to be ready to enjoy one of these matches that I want to play against probably my biggest rival and at a later stage of our career. "A lot has happened in those 18 months... you can't just copy/paste and play exactly the same thing again", said Federer. He's at a higher level than he was at the Australian Open.

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