Federer vs Nadal Tennis info
Federer vs Nadal : 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.
The match will mark the 39th time the two legends play one another, but it’ll be their first meeting since Shanghai 2017. Federer has won each of the last five meetings, but Nadal holds a 23-15 lifetime head-to-head edge.
Federer vs Nadal Live Stream Online: How to watch BNP Paribas Semi Final Match
Nadal comes into the match with some injury concerns, as he appeared to tweak his knee during his quarterfinal win over Karen Khachanov on Friday.
Here’s how to watch the match:
Time: The match is called for 4 p.m. EST, but it will not start until the other semifinal, Milos Raonic vs. Dominic Thiem, finishes. The first semifinal begins at 2 p.m. EST.
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
It’s Federer vs. Nadal again, only this time it’ll be in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) to set up the old rivals’ 39th career meeting and first in 16 months.
Neither Federer nor Nadal has dropped a set in four matches in the desert. Federer has been broken just once, while Nadal has dropped serve three times, twice against Khachanov. Nadal stands in the way of Federer’s pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells. Still, the Swiss superstar was rooting for Nadal to advance against his 22-year-old opponent.
“Playing against young guys to eventually get to Rafa, that’s exciting,” said Federer, who also faced an opponent the same age as Khachanov. Federer is on a five-matching winning streak against Nadal, who lost to him all four times they played in 2017, including the last time at the Shanghai Masters in October of that year.
“You look back at what I did well there, but you can’t just copy-paste and play exactly the same thing again,” Federer said. The other semi-final Saturday pairs Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem. Nadal improved to 6-0 against Khachanov, although it was tougher and longer than Federer’s win.
The Spaniard needed a medical time-out trailing 2-1 in the second set. He had a trainer apply tape just below his right knee. The trainer returned with Nadal leading 3-2 and worked on his knee again.
He trailed 6-5 before Khachanov’s forehand error forced the second tie-breaker, which Nadal dominated to close out the match that lasted just over two hours.
Federer believes Nadal is playing better than he did in losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, who was upset earlier in the week. “When Rafa is healthy, especially in a place like here in Indian Wells where he feels comfortable, he’s clearly very tough to play,” Federer said.
Against Hurkacz, Federer fought off two break points in the second set, including the last game when he closed the match with a forehand winner off a short ball. “Not that I didn’t expect it,” Federer said, “but it definitely went better than I thought it would.”
Hurkacz, a 22-year-old Pole, earned three-set upsets of No. 28 Lucas Pouille, No. 6 Kei Nishikori and No. 24 Denis Shapovalov to make his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal against his childhood idol. Federer was playing in his 83rd at this level.