The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal rivalry by the numbers

The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal rivalry by the numbers

A 39th showdown between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will have to wait. He called for a trainer, who applied tape just below the knee.

A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Nadal isn't sure how severe the injury but has no doubt that he'll be ready for the Monte-Carlo Masters, beginning April 13.

Federer got a walkover into Sunday's final against hard-hitting Austrian Dominic Thiem, who outlasted error-prone Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 in their semifinal. After an uninspiring performance against unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic parked his run in the third round and then turned his attention to doubles.

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.

Canada's Bianca Andreescu, 18, advanced to the women's final on Friday night with a thrilling three-set win over No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

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"The only break point I had to save was in the last game, and that was what I wanted to do, to play my service games well and not let him have too many chances", Thiem said. [Nadal] played so well this week and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis again.

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.

"It's not going to be easy", said Thiem, who has split four prior meetings with Federer 2-2.

"But at the same time, in the other hand, I went through fantastic moments and still going with that feeling a lot of times".

Thiem has never won a Masters 1000 title, losing in two previous finals.

Knee problems have dogged the 32-year-old Spaniard for years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September. "You can imagine that I can't be happy". "But I warmed up this morning and felt that my knee wasn't good enough to compete at the needed level".

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