Friday, 22 March, 2019

The Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal rivalry by the numbers

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Cassandra Castillo | 17 March, 2019, 04:26

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set to face off in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Saturday, March 16.

He's tried stem cell, he's gotten everything and his team will do their utmost to play Roger Federer tomorrow because that is the marquee match everybody across the globe wants to see.

After 38 career meetings, Nadal leads the series 23-15, but Federer holds a slight 11-9 advantage on hardcourts.

Nadal's knee appeared to flare up in his quarter-final win over Khachanov on Friday, where he twice received treatment from his trainer, with the Spaniard stressing after the match he would need to assess the injury ahead of the match on Saturday.

Federer will face Dominic Thiem, who defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4, in the final. The first semifinal begins at 2 p.m. EST.

But the record holder for most major titles is Federer, with 20, three more than Nadal. They've split wins, with Federer winning both of their hardcourt matches and Thiem winning once each on grass and clay.

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"Hopefully I am going to be ready for it".

Just hours earlier Federer had looked forward to the chance to take on a healthy Nadal, after similar knee trouble spelled the end of the Spaniard's US Open campaign last year, and his US Open campaign last year. However, Nadal soon texted him it wasn't going to happen. [Nadal] played so well this week and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis again.

"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 semi-finals after playing well during the whole tournament".

That included their most recent encounter, Federer's straight-sets victory in the Shanghai Masters final in October of 2017.

"It's always something special to play [Federer] and also something special to compete in a Masters 1000 final", Thiem said after his semifinal match. "It's a special rivalry, maybe the most special with Rafa and Novak". "It's awesome that I came this far, and hopefully it's not the end".

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