Nadal withdraws from semis at Indian Wells

Nadal withdraws from semis at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters due to a knee injury ahead of his scheduled semi-final match with Roger Federer.

The meeting between Nadal and Federer would have been their 39th in long rivalry and the first since 2017.

And the 20-time Grand Slam victor admitted he was disappointed when Nadal text him the news.

However, Federer and Nadal got to this appointment in a completely different state.

"I was ready to go, warming up this morning and I heard Rafa was warming up on the outside courts". "I'm very excited to be in the semis here, not that I didn't expect it".

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"He played so well this week and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis again".

It's particularly devastating since Nadal was looking forward to a relatively healthy 2019 campaign after coping with multiple injuries a year ago. "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.

He beat Denis Shapovalov, who is much more talented than him and he will have a better career, but he is a modern player, knows how to hit all the shots, he is tall, serves well, has a great forehand.

"I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semi-finals", Nadal told the tournament's official website.

"Even if sometimes it's tough for me to accept all these things that I am going through during all my career, sometimes I feel sad because I feel always in disadvantage compared with all my opponents in terms of preparation and in terms of practice and sometimes under competition", an emotional Nadal said. I don't have doubts today that I will beready for Monte-Carlo.