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The Monte Carlo Masters will officially see the return to the red dirt next month and that is when Nadal is aiming to return.

The meeting between Nadal and Federer would have been their 39th in long rivalry and the first since 2017.

Knee problems have dogged Nadal for years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September. "As I say before, is not only about today, is about tomorrow".

Federer will now play the victor of the tournament's other semi-final between Austria's Dominic Thiem and Canadian Milos Raonic.

Federer concluded: When Rafa came on tour I was World No. 1 and he was very shy and it was like, Whatever Roger is deciding is okay, then he grew stronger and developed his own character.

Canada's Bianca Andreescu, 18, advanced to the women's final on Friday night with a thrilling three-set win over No. 6 seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

I am going to try my best to recover well and to be ready to enjoy one of these matches that I want to play against probably my biggest rival and at a later stage of our career. He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion is an 11-time champion at the tournament - six more victories than any other player in history.

He appeared to be on the verge of tears on Saturday as he spoke to the media.

He admitted that he sometimes is sad because he feels at a disadvantage against his opponents due to his continued knee issues that force him to limit his practice and playing time before he gathered himself. "With all this stuff, I still where I am today". "But I warmed up this morning and felt that my knee wasn't good enough to compete at the needed level".

The 32-year-old was playing only his second event since reaching the final of the Australian Open; he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the last 16 of the Mexican Open.

"It's always something special to play [Federer] and also something special to compete in a Masters 1000 final", Thiem said after his semifinal match.