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Rafa battles past Khachanov to setup Indian Wells semi-final showdown with Federer

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By ITN News Editor March 16, 2019 13:21

Rafa battles past Khachanov to setup Indian Wells semi-final showdown with Federer

One of the great sporting rivalries will be renewed at Indian Wells when Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal clash in a semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open.

The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(2) 7-6(2).Federer broke Pole Hubert Hurkacz once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 win in the first career meeting between the pair and was perhaps more bothered by his early start.With Hurkacz dispatched, Federer turned his thoughts to what will be his 39th career encounter with Nadal.The Spaniard leads 23-15 on a head-to-head basis but the Swiss has won the last five encounters.They have not met since Shanghai in 2017, the same year that Federer beat Nadal 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round on his way to his fifth title at Indian Wells.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 16, 2019 13:21

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