Federer, Thiem into Indian Wells final as Nadal hobbles out

Spain's Rafael Nadal receives treatment during his quarter-final victory over Karen Khachanov at the ATP Indian Wells Masters. GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA  AFP  Sean M. Haffey

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.

The Spaniard looked in discomfort during the match and only had a brief practice session on Saturday.

Now Thiem will play in his first final at the BNP Paribas Open, as well as his first Masters final on hardcourts, against a fresh-footed Federer eyeing career singles title No. 101.

Sunday's women's final features 18-year-old Canadian wild-card Bianca Andreescu against two-time major champion Angelique Kerber.

"My goal is to play on all the surfaces", he said.

"I wanted to try my best to be competitive today", Nadal told reporters, including tennis writer Carole Bouchard.

"I couldn't allow myself to play 100 percent because my movement was not there", she said.

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It was just the fifth time in Nadal's career that he had conceded a walkover, and the first to Federer. He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.

"He's unbelievable in defense", Khachanov said. "He steps in and then he starts moving you, and then you are again in trouble".

Nadal had been seeking his fourth victory at Indian Wells, where he last triumphed in 2013.

"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.

Hurkacz's nerves in his first meeting with Federer showed when he whiffed on a second-serve return on the Swiss great's first service point of the match.

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.

"But at the same time, in the other hand, I went through fantastic moments and still going with that feeling a lot of times".

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