Milos Raonic ousted in Indian Wells tennis semi-final

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters due to a knee injury ahead of his scheduled semi-final match with Roger Federer. That was astounding consistency from Thiem and he finally broke through with the only service break of the match when Raonic added to his unforced forehand error count - missing one into the net to lose serve to 2-3 in the final set.

Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on.

Thiem, ranked eighth in the world, was rock-solid in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 victory over 14th-ranked Canadian Milos Raonic.

"It has been a great week for me even though it didn't work out today", he said.

In the opening set, the ATP men refused to give up upon their serves and pushed the set in the tiebreaker. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro past year.

At the same time, veteran journalist Christopher Clarey sparked a very interesting debate about a potential change of rules in case of pre-match withdrawal.

Federer won just one point on Thiem's serve in the final game.

Thiem will also play in Miami, hoping to complete the "Sunshine Double" with a victory there after his Indian Wells win.

Given the statistical advantage that Federer enjoys over Thiem on hard court, I do think the prices are about right for tonight's match, and there can not be any pre-match recommendation on this basis.

Thiem earned the only break of the third set in the fifth game. "I turned a pretty bad start to the season to a very good one".

"I warm 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", Nadal said in a statement. There were no break points in the first seven games until Federer threatened, but Thiem held firm.

Working with coach, former world No.5 (2004) Rainer Schuettler, she beat No. 9 seed Arnya Sabalenka 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 and Venus Williams 7-6 (2), 6-3 in her previous rounds before Friday's win over Bencic.

"I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly".

Federer raced to an early lead, winning the first three games before wrapping up the first set in the Southern California desert. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.

The 32-year-old was playing only his second event since reaching the final of the Australian Open; he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the last 16 of the Mexican Open.


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