It would have been the 39th meeting between the two stars, but now it will be instead an easy road to the final for the swiss Federer.
"I warmed up today and felt my knee was good enough to be able to play at the level that I need," says Nadal according to the BBC.
Nadal – with 23-15 in the plusstatistik in the matches against Federer – had problems already in the quarter-final against the Russian, Karen Chatjanov but managed to get through the match and winning with 7-6, 7-6.
In the final set Federer against världsåttan Dominic Thiem. The austrian had to fight all the harder for their final, but eventually won the semi-final against canadian Milos Ranoic with 2-1 in sets, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4.
världssexan Elina Svitolina in the women's semifinals in Indian Wells. It is the first time in tournament history that a player will enter in the tournament via a wild card and reaching all the way to the final.
The canadian 18-year-old is ranked 60 in the world after having climbed significantly in the ranking since the beginning of the year, then she lay on the seat 152.
" I really need to take a moment to soak in everything. This is just so incredible. The last week has been a dream come true, " says Andreescu after his sensational losing in the semifinals with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
In the final waiting for the German Angelique Kerber, who defeated schweiziskan Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-2.