Federer is at present hoping to defend his Indian Wells crown in California and all eyes are on him as he’s the one prime 4 seed left within the competitors.
The Swiss star is thru to the fourth spherical but when he fails to succeed in the semi-finals then he’ll lose his world No 1 rating to Nadal.
The Spaniard is at present dominated out by harm however is predicted to return for the upcoming clay court docket occasions.
And Federer needs to face Nadal on the bottom the place he has gained 10 French Opens.
“I nonetheless assume he’s the perfect participant on clay and that he’ll at all times be the perfect participant in historical past on clay,” Federer advised Spanish radio station Cope.
“However I’d like to play in opposition to Rafa on the bottom, at the perfect of 5 units, I want to see what occurs now, however there isn’t a assure that he could have extra luck at this time than up to now.
“I have no idea, I’ve not thought of it, I have no idea to what extent the progress I’ve will assist me in opposition to Rafa on clay, he’s nonetheless the perfect mover on this floor, I have no idea if I transfer higher than on clay, I’ve not performed for a very long time.”
Federer has not but determined if he’ll play in Paris as he has to relaxation his physique extra as he reaches the latter a part of his profession.
Nadal can also be a slight doubt for the subsequent Grand Slam however his participation is not going to have an effect on Federer’s determination, he says.
“It is dependent upon what I need to do, easy methods to keep away from the harm, what my head tells me to do,” Federer added.
“The truth that he performs or not on the bottom (this season) doesn’t depend upon the presence or absence of Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic).”