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First retirement or walkover in the Fedal saga Twitter reacts as Nadal pulls out of Federer clash

The world number two was set to face Federer for a place in the final, having reached the last four without dropping a set in wins over Jared Donaldson, Diego Schwartzman, Filip Krajinovic and Karen Khachanov this week.

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from his Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer with a right knee injury.

"It just feels unreal what happened, " Thiem said.

"He's playing very well, using the kick serve very effectively", Federer said after watching the final set of Thiem's semifinal win.

"He stayed cool under pressure there", Federer said.

"The way we go about it is very different, yet we both find a way to excel", Federer said.

But baseline specialist Thiem kept his composure and levelled the match in the second, gaining traction by extending rallies and unleashing a torrent of high-kicking serves to keep Federer off balance.

Federer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was forced to quit two sets into his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.

Huge respect for Tottenham, says Guardiola
The pair have been joined by Liverpool and Tottenham in the quarter-finals, with Premier League clubs making up half of the draw. An intriguing set of fixtures will take place in April, with Liverpool's tie possibly the least high-profile of the four.

Thiem claimed his 12th career title - as he noted at the trophy ceremony when he acknowledged Federer.

But the 25-year-old Austrian's solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. We'll miss him here but we're in a golden era of tennis, so we're lucky to have one of the other greatest of all time, if not the greatest, in Roger Federer, and then Novak, who's making his bid. "Because you have to beat not only the player but somehow also the great aura they all have, all these titles they have won".

He, after the victory in Dubai and the 100th career title, found again, after some months of ups and downs, physical and psychological shape, presenting himself to this final in the best psycho-physical conditions. the playing surface adapts perfectly to his playing style. He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.

Against Hurkacz, Federer fought off two break points in the second set, including the final game, when he closed the match with a forehand victor off a short ball.

But a three-set victory, in a little over two hours, gave Thiem a 3-2 career lead over the 20-time Grand Slam champion and his first title of 2019.

Federer said it wasn't a defeat that would fester. I had my chances.

"I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee", he said.

Nadal's withdrawal was a disappointment for sure, but to spend too much time focusing on the past would be disrespectful of what's to come Sunday.

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