Rafael Nadal announced today that he is forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells semifinal due to a knee injury he sustained yesterday, while playing Khachanov. The Spaniard has had a hard match against the Russian and received medical treatment on court.
Federer advanced into the Indian Wells final, where he will meet Milos Raonic or Dominic Thiem.
“I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed,” Nadal said. At the Friday press conference after defeating Karen Khachanov, Nadal also said he “could not guarantee how I’m going to wake up tomorrow” and added “I love to play on hard, but probably my body doesn’t love it that much.
The most awaited 39th meeting between the two will not take place, but we do hope to see them play togheter this season.