1000 of Wells Wells.
After the victory of the Swiss, the Spaniard beat the Russian Karen Hanov by 7-6 double and confirmed that the great classic of modern tennis would be played again on Saturday.
Federer had no mercy on his opponent and moved him with a 6-4 double for only one hour and 14 minutes of play. "I'm very happy, I had a very convincing performance," he said after the race.
The Swiss dominated the competition for his service, signing a stratospheric record of 84% of the points with his first service (26/31). Thus, he overcame games and put his opponent into trouble with the rest, until he confirmed the first and only break of the first team in the fifth game, when Horkats sent the ball through the back (4-2).
In the second, the break came third (2-1) and Federer only sweat sixth, when the Pole had his first chance to restore his serving. The Swiss kept his peace of mind and solved the situation in a spectacular way, in order to bring things back to their place soon after.
Federer waits for Nadal, his rival and friend with him and is faced with 38 opportunities throughout his career, with a balance of 23-15 for Spanish.
Saturday's game will be played after the semi-finals between Dominique Thiem and Milos Raonic, which will start at 15 (Argentina time). Both games will be televised by ESPN.
"I have to focus more on my level than on the rest, we've had legendary matches and I'm sure we're excited about it," he said about his hypothetical meeting with Nadal, then confirmed.
Nadal, the second seed, suffered from physical problems in his right knee during the second round, but managed to score the win by 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) in two hours and 17 minutes of play
"My career was like this, I had bad luck playing a lot of times with pain but not every day I could play quarter finals in the Indian Wells," said the winner to an audience who was overcoming his words.
"I've spoken many times about my wounds … I'm happy to be in the semifinals," said the Spaniard, who will play for the 39th time in his career against Federer.