Rafael Nadal withdrew of the BNP Paribas Open due to a right knee injury on Saturday, shortly before his the semi-final match against Roger Federer. It would have been the first meeting between the pair since 2017.
Spaniard Nadal had required treatment on the knee during his hard-fought quarter-final against Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2).
“I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semifinals. It’s tough for me to accept all these things that I’m going through in my career. Sometimes I feel sad because I’m in a disadvantage to all my opponents,” Rafael Nadal said after pulling out of the tournament.
“[I need to] be positive and grateful for all the things tennis has given to me. I feel fortunate for all the things I’ve done in my life and the world of tennis,” Nadal added.
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Nadal had actually walked out to practise on Saturday and that too without any on his knee, before withdrawing from the BNP Parivbas Open.
Federer advances to the final by walkover, where he will looking to win his record sixth BNP Paribas Open title. The 37-year-old Swiss will play either Milos Raonic or Dominic Thiem in the final, bidding for his 101st career title