Over a month later, Roger Federer still can’t believe he won the Australian Open the way he did, the Swiss told the media Wednesday ahead of Indian Wells.
“I still feel like I’m on Cloud Nine,” Federer said.
“I went all the way. I still can’t believe it.”
Federer had to navigate a tough draw in Melbourne and now could face an even tougher journey this week at Indian Wells. Federer could meet Rafael Nadal in the fourth round then Novak Djokovic in the quarters!
“Most of the guys you won’t even see because they’ll eliminate each other,” Federer told BNPParibasOpen.com. “The first message I got was Dudi Sela or Stephane Robert. I said, ‘Okay, fine.’ Then I heard that Rafa was in my section. Then I heard maybe Novak was in my section. It doesn’t matter. I’ve gone through so many draws. I came here to Indian Wells to play against those guys. It doesn’t matter if it’s the semis, the final or the fourth round.
“I know it matters for you guys. The only problem is most of them will have to lose early. That opens the draw for other players. It’s an opportunity for other guys to rise in the rankings. But it’s good for me to play those guys early. I look forward to it.”
Seeking a fifth Indian Wells title, Federer opens play Sunday.
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