Nadal Pulls Out of Federer meeting due to injury.


Rafeal Nadal decides to pull out of the ongoing Indian Wells after the reoccurring right knee trouble flared up in his quarter-final victory over Karen Khachanov, and couldn’t take to the court for the blockbuster semi-final with Swiss great Federer.

This development present Federer with an opportunity to 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(3), 6-7(3), 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.