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

16 March 2019

After his win over Hubert Hurkacz, Roger Federer commented on his rivalry with Rafael Nadal who he will face in Indian Wells.

The Spaniard's right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov in Friday's quarterfinals.

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion who captured his 100th career title at Dubai last month, overcame breezy conditions on stadium court and a hungry Hurkacz - a 22-year-old ranked 67th in the world who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final and just the second quarter-final of his career.

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"The way we go about it is very different, yet we both find a way to excel", Federer said.

The match will mark the 39th time the two legends play one another, but it'll be their first meeting since Shanghai 2017. I'm very excited to be in the semis here.

Nadal now leads 23-15 in their head-to-head, but Federer has won the last five of their meetings.

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Nadal, too, says the contrast in styles, coupled with the pair's sheer longevity, makes every meeting something to treasure.

"It's tough for me to accept all these things that I'm going through in my career". On having won the last five matches played against Nadal, Federer added: "I don't think those five matches matter that much, to be honest". He's at a higher level than he was at the Australian Open. "Of course my goal and my idea is to be ready for tomorrow", Nadal said.

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