Nadal pulls out with injury before Federer semi-final

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Citing a right knee injury, Nadal withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday ahead of the scheduled semifinal match against Federer, the tournament announced.

But the world No 2 pulled out of the tournament due to a knee injury sustained in his quarter-final clash with Karen Khachanov.

Nadal stands in the way of Federer's pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells.

"I know every one we have now could be our last", Federer 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. Federer has been broken just once, and Nadal has dropped serve three times, twice against Khachanov. "I think we'll see interesting points tomorrow".

Just hours earlier Federer had looked forward to the chance to take on a healthy Nadal, after similar knee trouble spelled the end of the Spaniard's US Open campaign last year, and his US Open campaign last year. "Put the legs up, take a massage, spend time with the family". "They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.)".

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The 37-year has eased through the draw without dropping a set and having made history by joining Jimmy Connors in the 100 club with his title success in Dubai a couple of weeks ago - he is on track for 101 when he faces either Raonic or Thiem in Sunday's final.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rallied past No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, winning on her fourth match point to reach the biggest final of her young career. Federer won the last time they played at the ATP Finals in London in November.

"It's always something special to play him and also something special to compete in a Masters 1000 final". "It's only my third one".

"But at the same time, in the other hand, I went through fantastic moments and still going with that feeling a lot of times". "It's incredible that I came this far, and hopefully it's not the end".

Rafael Nadal speaks to the media after withdrawing from his semi-final match against Roger Federer.

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