ATP Indian Wells Masters: Rafael Nadal Beats Karen Khachanov set up semi-final Roger Federer | Nadal arrives in Indian Wells semifinals, Federer will face two years later
Nadal defeats Karen Hachnov of Russia in quarter-finals
Federer and Nadal will face face-to-face on court
Indian Wells (America) Rafael Nadal made it to the last-four of the ATP Indian Wells Masters Tennis Tournament here on Saturday. He defeated Karen Hachanov of Russia 7-6, 7-6 in the quarter-finals Now in the semi-finals, he will face World No. 4 Roger Federer. World No. 2 Nadal will be in front of Federer on the court after 2017.
Nadal is now the most sought after player in this tournament
Nadal is a high-priority player in this tournament. They have been given second preference. First ranked World No. 1 was given to Novak Djokovic of Serbia, but he lost in the round-off 32 to Germany's Philipp Coleschiber 4-6, 4-6.
Federer and Nadal will be face-to-face on the court for the 39th time. Federer has won 15 and Nadal has won 23 times in 38 previous occasions. Federer defeated Nadal on the hard court 11 times, while losing nine times.
This will be the fourth encounter between the two in Indian Wells. Earlier, two of the three bouts have managed to win Federer and one to Nadal. In 2017, Federer and Nadal were in the fourth round of Indian Wells. Then Federer defeated Nadal 6-2, 6-3.
At the same time, Federer has managed to win just two out of 15 in the clay court. Nadal defeated Federer 13 times. There were three copies between the two on the grass court. Two of these won by Federer and one Nadal.