Federer might face Nadal in Paribas Open semis

Indian Wells: If proceedings go as per the seedings, defending champion Novak Djokovic will meet Andy Murray, while Rafael Nadal will be pitted against Roger Federer in the semi-final of 2012 BNP Paribas Open.

Federer, who plays the winner of Russian Dmitry Tursunov and American wild card Denis Kudla in his second-round opener, is up against arguably the trickiest quarter. The section of the draw includes four of the ATP’s top five match wins leader this season - David Ferrer (18), Federer (16), Juan Martin del Potro (16) and Milos Raonic (15).

Federer and Ferrer both come to Indian Wells riding winning streaks, with the Swiss capturing a pair of titles in Rotterdam and Dubai, and the Spaniard claiming back-to-back clay-court crowns the past two weeks in Buenos Aires and Acapulco.

World No. 9 del Potro, a possible fourth-round opponent for Ferrer, recently claimed the Marseille title. The 27th-ranked Raonic, who could face Federer in the third round, has reached the final in three of his four tournament appearances this season, triumphing in Chennai and San Jose.
Nadal plays a South American in his opening match - either Colombian Alejandro Falla or Argentine Leonardo Mayer - and is seeded to meet World No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals.

Courtesy: http://www.atpworldtour.com