Milos Raonic ousted in Indian Wells tennis semi-final

Sherman Parsons
March 17, 2019

"I warmed up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete, to play semi-finals match of this event". Seventh-seeded Thiem has done well here after recovering from an illness that slowed him early this year; he hadn't won a set from Raonic in two previous matchups but was almost flawless in the first set Saturday and he earned the only service break of the match at 3-2 in the third set.

Thiem has never won a Masters 1000 title, losing in two previous finals.

Thiem might have been in for a more straightforward day had he converted his break point early in the second set but Raonic fought back and won two points on his opponent's serve in the tie-break to force a decider.

Nadal is second all time with 17 Grand Slam singles titles but has been hampered in the past by knee problems. His career record against Thiem is 2-2, with Federer winning both of their meetings on hard courts.

Federer, 37 and bidding for his 101st career title, received a walkover into the final, where he will play Dominic Thiem, a 7-6 (3) 6-7 (3) 6-4 victor over Milos Raonic in Saturday's only semi-final. After an uninspiring performance against unseeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic parked his run in the third round and then turned his attention to doubles.

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"It was so many emotions going through my head", she said. "I'm excited to be in the finals but not this way".

He had ankle surgery in November, and only returned to training in December.

"It's not about only during the tennis careers that I am anxious", he said.

After his win over Khachanov, Nadal told reporters: "I love to play on hard [courts], but probably my body doesn't love it that much". "You can imagine that I can't be happy".

Nadal remains without a title since Toronto in August past year and a win over Federer since the Australian Open in 2017 but with a four-week break he will re-emerge for the clay-court season in Monte Carlo before yet another French Open at Roland Garros.

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