By Leighton Ginn
One reporter asked Roger Federer what he thought about his “Draw of Death” at the BNP Paribas Open during the media day on Wednesday.
The path for Federer to win a record fifth BNP Paribas Open title is full of daunting matches.
Seeded No. 9, Federer path gets hairy in the fourth round with a possible rematch of the Australian Open final against long-time rival Rafael Nadal. If Federer gets to the quarterfinals, he could face three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.
The semifinal could be No. 4 Kei Nishikori or former US Open Marin Cilic.
As far as Federer is concern, he said he came to Indian Wells to play the top players, and what round he plays them doesn’t concern him.
In addition to the questions about the draw, Federer was asked about his unlikely Australian Open title, which increased his record to 18 Grand Slam singles titles.
“I was watching everything (online) after it was done and that was fun,” Federer said. “It still seems like it’s a topic, which is great. I still feel like it was just yesterday. I still feel like I’m on Cloud 9. Things are terrific.
“I’m happy if I’ve made people happy. I know I’m not just playing for myself these days. There’s so much to it. I think that’s why this victory felt as good as it did for me. The rest of the year will be quite relaxing, to be quite honest.”