Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will face each completely different for the first time since 2017 in the semi-finals at Indian Wells after successful their respective quarter-finals on Friday.
Swiss fourth seed Federer, 37, eased previous Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-4.
Spanish 2nd seed Nadal, 32, required treatment on his unprejudiced knee for the duration of a tricky 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-2) victory over Russia’s Karen Khachanov.
Nadal stated he “optimistically” will likely be ready for Saturday’s semi-final.
“I will try my most effective to bag better – these are the suits I desire to play,” stated the 17-time Mountainous Slam Champion.
“To play against my biggest rival on the later levels of our careers and to wait on competing against each completely different is extensive.”
The 2 greats closing performed in the final of the Shanghai Masters in October 2017, when Federer won in straight models.
The 20-time Mountainous Slam champion has won each of their closing five suits but Nadal leads 23-15 in their head-to-head file.
“I execute now not verbalize those suits matter that powerful, to be proper,” stated Federer, who is yet to fall a residing in this 365 days’s tournament.
” deal of time has long previous by, unfortunately presumably for the contention, for us, or for me. Or now not it’s continually better to wait on on playing against him.
“The fans are presumably more all in favour of us playing than me as I’ve continually got to be all in favour of my beget sport.
“However it continually brings extra energy into the stadium and for the each of us.”
‘I changed into having a tricky time’
Federer is chasing a file sixth Indian Wells title – he is tied with Novak Djokovic on five – while Nadal is shopping for his fourth.
The completely different semi-final in California sees Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem face Canada’s Thirteenth seed Milos Raonic.
World quantity four Federer broke Hurkacz, 22, in the fifth sport of the match sooner than doing so all over again in the third sport of the 2nd residing and saving each ruin facets on his beget relief to care for in a single hour 13 minutes.
Nadal had a magnificent more complex tie against 12th seed Khachanov, wanting a clinical outing after the third sport of the 2nd residing thru which tape changed into applied below his unprejudiced knee.
The world quantity two looked in discomfort but saved a residing set apart wait on far from being taken to a decider sooner than impressing all over again in the tie breaker to true victory in two hours 16 minutes.
“I changed into having a tricky time against a in reality, very tricky opponent,” stated Nadal.
“I managed to reach wait on and had probabilities but he served huge, then I had some troubles with the knee but I changed into in a position to conflict and present you with the probability.”
BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller at Indian Wells
A physio working onto court to observe strapping to Nadal’s unprejudiced knee is all too familiar, but stays a in reality sorry interrogate.
Nadal has proven sooner than that he can hang hassle in the quick term, and this changed into the first time he has felt discomfort this fortnight.
The identical knee additionally wanted treatment against Khachanov in the third round of closing 365 days’s US Delivery. However Nadal changed into in a position to care for that gruelling match and then two further rounds, collectively with a reach five-hour victory over Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.
On the opposite hand, he had to tug out in the semi-finals – to cap a 365 days of gargantuan frustration thru which he changed into in a position to full fully one now not easy-court tournament.
Nadal’s participation in next week’s Miami Masters need to now be in some doubt, but let’s proper hope his knee can on the least look him thru the weekend.