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Rafael Nadal pulls out with injury before Roger Federer semi-final

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Rita Gibson | 17 March, 2019, 04:28

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters due to a knee injury ahead of his scheduled semi-final match with Roger Federer.

"If I don't see this match as special it's because I don't love this sport and I don't appreciate the story of this sport", Nadal said after reaching the semi-final showdown with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov.

World No 2 Nadal took a 5-0 record over the Russian into their match and if the Spaniard extends that dominance it will set up the 39th meeting between him and Federer - their fourth at Indian Wells.

"It is not about only today", Nadal said in an emotional press conference after announcing his decision.

Nadal remains without a title since Toronto in August a year ago and a win over Federer since the Australian Open in 2017 but with a four-week break he will re-emerge for the clay-court season in Monte Carlo before yet another French Open at Roland Garros. He was forced to quit two sets into his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.

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Federer said he might not feel quite the same tingle of anticipation as fans at the prospect of facing Nadal, but he acknowledged that their clashes always raise the stakes.

Nadal choked up discussing his withdrawal last fall, and he appeared near tears Saturday. Sometimes I feel sad because I'm in a disadvantage to all my opponents. "With all this stuff, I still where I am today". Rusedski finally commented on Nadal's knee issues in a specific way: "He's tried so many things with those knees it's basically blood-spinning".

Even with all his injuries, Nadal indicated he has no intention of giving up playing on hard courts, the surface for two of the four Grand Slam events. "Of course my goal and my idea is to be ready for tomorrow", Nadal said.

Federer now has a chance to claim his 101st career ATP singles title on Sunday.

With time to fill before the women's and men's doubles finals, Djokovic and Pete Sampras teamed for a one-set doubles match against John McEnroe and tournament director Tommy Haas.

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