Nadal’s knee forces him out of Indian Wells
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.
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.