Publicado: Sol, Marcha 17, 2019
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Roger Federer feels LET DOWN by Rafael Nadal Indian Wells withdrawal

Roger Federer feels LET DOWN by Rafael Nadal Indian Wells withdrawal

With the last-four clash taking place on Saturday, there must be a question mark over whether Nadal will be fit enough even to start the match, and certainly whether he will be able to bring his best against Federer.

Rafael Nadal withdrew from his BNP Paribas Open semi-final with Roger Federer, allowing the Swiss great to reach his ninth Indian Wells final.

There was a shadow hanging over the blockbuster showdown however, after oft-injured Nadal needed treatment to have supportive tape applied to his right knee in his victory over Khachanov. It was obvious that Nadal's movement was hampered.

He also says he won't play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters clay event in mid-April.

"If I play Rafa there's extra energy in the building - there's always a lot on the line", he said.

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Nadal choked up discussing his withdrawal last fall, and he appeared near tears on 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". Nadal didn't drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

"Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee", he said.

And the 20-time Grand Slam victor admitted he was disappointed when Nadal text him the news. "And at the same time, two players with a good relationship after all the things that we went through in our careers, competing for the most important things", he said.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion who captured his 100th career title at Dubai last month, overcame breezy conditions on stadium court and a hungry Hurkacz - a 22-year-old ranked 67th in the world who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final and just the second quarter-final of his career.

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