Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to clash in Indian Wells semi-final

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Sky Sport pundit Luca Boschetto is confident that Roger Federer will go all the way in Indian Wells.

He soldiered through to what would have been a 39th career meeting with Federer, but said he knew when he practiced Saturday morning that he wouldn't be able to play to an adequate standard.

The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals on Friday, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2) 7-6 (2) in a match during which he required treatment on the knee.

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Nadal, who has struggled with knee injuries throughout his stellar career, was the second high-profile player to withdraw from the tournament.

A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It was obvious that Nadal's movement was hampered.

Nadal also pulled out of the Masters 1000 event in Miami due to the injury.

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"It's not about only during the tennis careers that I am anxious", he said. I don't have doubts today that I will beready for Monte-Carlo.

Nadal reached the final at the Australian Open, and while he lost in straight sets to Novak Djokovic he said it was a positive sign after he had to pull the plug early on his 2018 season. He's ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2. "Now it starts the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible".

"My goal is to play on all the surfaces", he said.

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It means Federer is into a third successive Indian Wells final and having been beaten by Juan Martin del Potro in a thriller last year, he will hope to claim his sixth title in the Californian desert, two years after his last which came after victory over Stan Wawrinka.

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