Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Roger Federer semi-final

Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Roger Federer semi-final

Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal withdraws from Roger Federer semi-final

He received treatment and supportive tape on the knee during the match and said Saturday morning he wouldn't be able to take the court for what would have been his 39th meeting with Federer.

Rafael Nadal (ESP) returns as he wins his semi final match against Karen Khachanov (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Nadal isn't sure how severe the injury but has no doubt that he'll be ready for the Monte-Carlo Masters, beginning April 13.

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.

"The only break point I had to save was in the last game, and that was what I wanted to do, to play my service games well and not let him have too many chances", Thiem said.

"I'm just excited to be in another finals here, to be quite honest", Federer said.

Andreescu will play two-time major champion Angelique Kerber, who ended 23rd-seeded Belinda Bencic's run of upsets with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Nadal trailed 6-5 before Khachanov's forehand error forced the second tiebreaker, which Nadal dominated to close out the match that lasted just over two hours. They've faced each other only four times, most recently at the ATP Finals in November, which Federer won, and three times in 2016. I accept the situation even if today is a sad moment for me.

"He's playing very well, using the kick serve very effectively", Federer said after watching the final set of Thiem's semifinal win.

But the overwhelming sentiment was good wishes for Nadal's speedy recovery, starting from his opponent Federer who posted a sweet video montage of their clashes. Nadal didn't drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Djokovic.

While Nadal said he feels knee pain "almost always", in the face of this latest setback he insisted: "My goal doesn't change". "This surface and also the one in NY, for example, it suits me pretty well because it's bouncy, especially during the day", Thiem said.

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