Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to clash in Indian Wells semi-final

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to clash in Indian Wells semi-final

After a year and a half, the tennis fans had the chances to see another chapter of the fantastic rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after both tennis legends managed to qualify for the semifinal in Indian Wells.

The Spaniard's right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov in Friday's quarterfinals.

"It's not my case", he said.

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.


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

Federer trails Nadal in their head-to-head series, 23-15, but he's won their last five meetings and that adds a nice twist to the tale. "The way he came up was very clay-court based, and I was apparently very grass-court based, and we both found our ways also on the other surface", Federer said.

"Different styles, different ways to understand the sport". He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal's knee. He's at a higher level than he was at the Australian Open.

"Nobody can guarantee anything about what can happen the next day, but of course my goal is to be ready for tomorrow". "I can not guarantee how I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning".

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