"If I don't see this match as special it's because I don't love this sport and I don't appreciate the story of this sport", Nadal said after reaching the semi-final showdown with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/2) victory over Karen Khachanov.
Federer, who is looking to follow up his 100th title in Dubai last month, had a more comfortable outing in ending the run of young Pole Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-4.
"The way we go about it is very different, yet we both find a way to excel", Federer said. "It's been quite a journey with Rafa side by side".
Federer trails Nadal in their head-to-head series, 23-15, but he's won their last five meetings and that adds a nice twist to the tale.
It was the first match between the pair and far from one-sided, as Hurkacz had two break points but could seize neither.
They have not met since Shanghai in 2017, the same year that Federer beat Nadal 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round at Indian Wells.
He also says he won't play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters clay event in mid-April. 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.
No Man's Sky Beyond Update Arrives This Summer
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Zion Williamson left his mark on the Duke-UNC rivalry
Before Barrett missed two free throws with 12 seconds left up by one, Williams called a timeout to assess UNC's options. With the loss, UNC failed to register its first three-win season against Duke since the 1975-76 season.