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Federer, Thiem into Indian Wells final as Nadal hobbles out

Rafael Nadal of Spain speaks to members of the media after withdrawing from his men’s singles semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland due to a right knee injury on Day 13 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday. – AFP
Rafael Nadal of Spain speaks to members of the media after withdrawing from his men’s singles semifinal match against Roger Federer of Switzerland due to a right knee injury on Day 13 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday.

INDIAN WELLS, Saturday - The 39th match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal failed to materialize on Saturday as the world No. 2 Spaniard hobbled out of Indian Wells to send Federer into a title clash with Dominic Thiem.

Nadal, whose longstanding right knee trouble flared up in his quarter-final victory over Karen Khachanov, couldn’t take the court for the blockbuster semi-final with Swiss great Federer.

“I wanted to try my best to be competitive today,” a dejected Nadal said. “I warmed up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete, to play semi-finals match of this event.”

Federer, seeded fourth as he pursues a record sixth title in the California desert, will battle 25-year-old Austrian Thiem, who is seeking his first title in one of the ATP’s prestigious Masters 1000 events.

Thiem, ranked eighth in the world, was rock-solid in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 victory over 14th-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic.

Thiem, who advanced to the semis on a walkover when Gael Monfils withdrew with a Achilles tendon inflammation, was locked-in from the start, firing 10 winners without an unforced error in the opening 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. – AFP 


 

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