Why Injured Nadal may not play against Roger Federer in Indian Wells

Why Injured Nadal may not play against Roger Federer in Indian Wells

And with Nadal still struggling the next day, the 32-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Masters 1000 tournament despite a semi-final showdown with Roger Federer looming.

The Spanish superstar, who has battled knee tendinitis and other injuries throughout his career, made it through a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) win over Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals on Friday.

The Spaniard looked in discomfort during the match and only had a brief practice session on Saturday.

Nadal stands in the way of Federer's pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells.

Federer will now play the victor of the tournament's other semi-final between Austria's Dominic Thiem and Canadian Milos Raonic.

Sunday's women's final features 18-year-old Canadian wild-card Bianca Andreescu against two-time major champion Angelique Kerber.

"I wanted to try my best to be competitive today", a dejected Nadal said. "I know that every one that we have now could be our last".

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For me, it would be great to compete on my 100% tomorrow.

It was just the fifth time in Nadal's career that he had conceded a walkover, and the first to Federer.

Nadal improved to 6-0 against Khachanov, although it was tougher and longer than Federer's victory.

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. "He steps in and then he starts moving you, and then you are again in trouble". I hope I can play aggressive tennis against him.

Federer believes Nadal is playing better than he did in losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, who was upset earlier in the week.

Against Hurkacz, Federer fought off two break points in the second set, including the final game, when he closed the match with a forehand victor off a short ball. I thought the match was definitely on.

"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.

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