Nadal’s knee forces him out of In­dian Wells

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

Rafael Nadal with­drew from the BNP Paribas Open on Satur­day in In­dian Wells, Calif., done in once again by a knee in­jury.

A somber Nadal an­nounced his with­drawal a cou­ple of hours be­fore he was sched­uled to take the court against long­time ri­val Roger Fed­erer in the semi­fi­nals.

Knee prob­lems have dogged the 32-year-old Spaniard for years, and they cut short his 2018 sea­son af­ter the U.S. Open in Septem­ber.

Fed­erer will face Do­minic Thiem in the fi­nal. Thiem out­lasted Mi­los Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4.

Cana­dian teenager

Bianca An­dreescu ral­lied past No. 6 Elina Svi­tolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and An­gelique Ker­ber de­feated Belinda Ben­cic 6-4, 6-2 in the women’s semi­fi­nals on Fri­day.

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