Roger Federer produced some scintilating tennis to beat Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-4 in a rain-affected Indian Wells Masters semi-final. The second semi-final was delayed by three-and-a-half hours because of steady rain before Federer and Nadal came out for their heavily anticipated showdown. The Swiss dominated before sealing victory in one hour and 31 minutes.
Serving for the match at 5-4 and 40-30, Federer was briefly held up by a light sprinkling of rain before he powered down a 125mph ace, his sixth in all, to book his place in the final. “I just had a good day,” 16-times Grand Slam champion Federer said in a courtside interview after winning 38 of his 40 matches since last year’s US Open. “Another great match in tough conditions. We both expected rain in the match and it did rain a few times. I couldn’t be more happy. I have played amazing against Rafa. He is a great champion. I felt good about my game, I guess I had a no-lose mentality,” added Federer.