Indian Wells: Nadal pulls out with injury before Federer semi-final

17 March, 2019, 09:12 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Rafael Nadal Injured

"It's a big letdown", said Federer, who came on court in khaki shorts and a grey cardigan to address fans. It was obvious that Nadal's movement was hampered.

Nadal also pulled out of the Masters 1000 event in Miami due to the injury.

"I don't have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo", he said.

The 25-year-old will now meet Federer - the duo each having won two of their previous four encounters - after the Swiss was handed a walkover by virtue of Rafael Nadal's withdrawal on Saturday.

"I know how it is and I know what I have to do". "It's a special rivalry, maybe the most special with Rafa and Novak (Djokovic)".

Raonic hit far more winners than Thiem, but combined that with 35 unforced errors, one of which gave the Austrian the match's first break in the fifth game of the third set.

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. His career record against Thiem is 2-2, with Federer winning both of their meetings on hard courts.

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"It's always something special to play him", he said.

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

"Probably it's more than 1,100 matches on tour, more than any surface", the 32-year-old Spaniard said. He was forced to quit two sets into his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.

He appeared to be on the verge of tears on Saturday as he spoke to the media. I accept the situation even if today is a sad moment for me. He's ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2. "But I warmed up this morning and felt that my knee wasn't good enough to compete at the needed level".

"Now is the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible.

A lot has happened in those 18 months... you can't just copy/paste and play exactly the same thing again", said Federer.

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