Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paribas open match on Saturday against arch rival Roger Federer due to a persistent knee pain. the Spaniard was drawn to face Roger Federer in the semifinals of the tournament in Indian Wellls.
Rafael Nadal experienced pain in his right knee during Friday’s quarterfinal match against Karen Khachanov. Yet, after the knee was wrapped, he proceeded on to win 7-6(2), 7-6(2) to set up his match against Federer.
“I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semifinals,” Nadal said in a news conference Saturday. “For me, it’s not about only today. It’s about what it means for me to have to pull out in a tournament that I love so much like this one, and in the semifinals after playing well during the whole tournament. You can imagine that I can’t be happy. Sometimes it’s tough and can be frustrating for me sometimes personally to go through all this stuff.”
The withdrawal means Roger Federer has a day off and has automatically qualified for the finals against Dominic Thiem,