Although Rafael Nadal was hampered due to his knee injury, he still held his ground and displayed his impressive skills to gain a win over Karen Khacahnov in their quarterfinals match at Indian Wells. With this win, Nadal has set the dream semifinals of the tournament against Roger Federer.
Khacahnov, the world no. 13 gave Nadal a tough time but it made Nadal wok through the pain as he gained a win by 7-6 and 7-6.
If Nadal plans to play the net match despite his aggravated knee injury, he will then face his greatest rival for the 39th time in their career.
He told media, “I had some trouble with my knee. It was a tough moment for me during a match but I found a way around it to win the match. I hope that I will be ready for my semi-finals match and I am also going to try my best to recover and play this match which I look forward to the most.”
As for Federer, he has also stayed on course to win his 6th Indian Wells title after he defeated Hubert Hurkacz by 6-4 and 6-4 in their quarter finals match.
Hurkacz taking about the match said, “Roger was playing as he should in the most crucial moments of the game. Today was a great learning experience for me. I also had some small chances against Federer and that gave me some motivation to work ahead.”
For the women’s semi finals, Bianca Andreescu, the Canadian teenage player has become the youngest player in Indian Wells history to make it to the finals. The 20 years old defeated her Ukrainian opponent Elina Svitolina by 6-3, 2-6 and 6-4.
Next, Andreescu will face Angelique Kerber, the three-time Grand Slam champion who earlier defeated her opponent Belinda Bencic by 6-4 and 6-2.