Rafael Nadal defeated Karen Khachanov on Friday night to set up a clash with rival Roger Federer in the semifinal of the ongoing Indian Wells.
The Spaniard and world number two improved his record to 6-0 lifetime against Khachanov with a grueling and gritty 7-6(2), 7-6(2) win.
Earlier on Friday, Federer defeated Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets to reach the last four of the competition.
The 37-year-old Swiss, a a five-time winner in California and 20-time Grand Slam champion, won 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 13 minutes.
Federer has not played Nadal since beating him in the Shanghai Masters final in October 2017.
In Saturday’s other semi-final, Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem will face Canada’s 13th seed Milos Raonic, and the winner will take on Federer of Nadal.
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