INDIAN WELLS: Rafael Nadal withstood the challenge of Russian Karen Khachanov to set up a blockbuster semi-final with Roger Federer at the ATP Indian Wells Masters Friday despite a flare-up of right knee trouble that required mid-match treatment. Straight sets: Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters. 1 Novak Djokovic, dominated both tiebreakers to beat the towering Russian 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2). He booked a 39th career meeting with Federer, a five-time champion at Indian Wells who breezed past 67th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-4. Nadal leads the head-to-head rivalry with Federer 23-15, but Federer has won 11 of their 20 hard-court meetings, including their last five.
Source: Bangkok Post March 15, 2019 23:48 UTC