Following how he was towards the end of the 7-6 7-6 win against Karen Khachanov the expectancy was that Rafael Nadal would withdraw from Indian Wells with his knee causing him problems.
A few hours before his anticipated semi-final with Roger Federer and what would have been the 39th meeting of Fedal the Spaniard announced he would be withdrawing but the question is, what next?
Nadal’s withdrawals means that Federer will advance to the final with a walk-over.
Nadal also said he will go home and is expected to head to his academy in Mallorca to train on the clay
With this announcement he will miss next weeks Miami event and I think even without this injury I would have been surprised if he did play.
Rafael Nadal has said that his plan is to be ready for Monte Carlo where he is an 11 time winner and the tournament will begin on the 13th of April.