Nadal comes into the match with some injury concerns, as he appeared to tweak his knee during his quarterfinal win over Karen Khachanov on Friday.
Nadal and Federer, who have 37 Grand Slam titles between them, have not played each another since 2017. [Nadal] played so well this week and I thought he was playing some of his best tennis again.
The Swiss great has won the last five in the series, but says that's of little significance now that it has been nearly a year and a half since their last meeting in the Shanghai Masters final in October 2017.
Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on. Sometimes I feel sad because I'm in a disadvantage to all my opponents.
"It's not the moment to complain much. With all this stuff, I still where I am today". Nadal didn't drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. He's ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2. Rusedski finally commented on Nadal's knee issues in a specific way: "He's tried so many things with those knees it's basically blood-spinning". "Now it starts the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible".
The Swiss master has also won two of the pair's three meetings in Indian Wells, but Nadal, who has won three titles at Indian Wells, will try to even the score. "A lot has happened in those 18 months... you can't just copy/paste and play exactly the same thing again", said Federer. We've had so many epic battles and I know now that every one we have could be our last. It's one of the most attractive centre courts that we have in the world, it would have been very special. Comedian Jon Lovitz served as chair umpire.