Rafael Nadal has followed Roger Federer in the semifinals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters 1000 tournament. The Spaniard defeated Karen Khachanov in two tie-break sets.
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Khachanov started better and took the first portion of his opponent. Nadal, however, made it quickly, placing them from 1: 3 to 4: 3, but was unable to use four set balls on Khachanov in the tenth game, the Russian came right to 5: 5. And as in the four brief earlier decisions, Nadal also held in Indian Wells for Khachanov harmless, won 7-2.
At the start of the second round, Nadal sent the physical therapist onto the field, got a tape stuck under his right knee – and still made the break to 2: 1. This time it was the Russian who made the comeback to 3: 3. In the tenth game, it was Khachanov, who found a setball and placed a really playable half-volleyball in the elimination.
At the 5: 5 score, the outsider was lucky – at Breakball Nadal, a ball from the netband dribbled into the Spaniard's field, unreachable. Again a tiebreak had to make the decision – and again Rafael Nadal turned out to be the better player. After 2:16 a ball hit Khachanovc in the finish, Nadal went after a 7: 6 (2), 7: 6 (2) as the winner of the place.
In the first quarter final, Roger Federer confidently defeated Poland's Hubert Hurkacz with 6: 4 and 6: 4. Federer will compete in an ATP tournament against Nadal on Saturday for the 39th time. The second semifinal is played by Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic.
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