Roger Federer has a lot riding in Indian Wells this year. He is the defending champion and the world no. 1 and needs to reach at least the quarter-finals in order to keep his longtime rival, Rafael Nadal from overtaking him again.
Speaking to the press at the BNP Paribas Open, Federer spoke about Nadal's absence in the tournament because of injury. 'Rafael Nadal deserves this place (no. 1), he had an amazing season. I am disappointed that he is injured and that is not here for this tournament.' With regard to his chances, Federer commented, 'It's great to be back here as world no.
1. It automatically gives you a little bit of safety. You tell yourself that you are the best player now. But we have to keep working and have the right tactic. As I am the defending winner, there is also a little bit of pressure.
My main motivation is to defend titles. Points are always important. I have already been no. 1 in my career. If I lose it, no problem. I prefer to stay there, or course, but I know that sooner or later I will lose it.
At the moment, being there makes me happy. Points have been like this for 20 years. You try to win, to defend them and I am used to it.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'From 17 to 22, it was tough for me to stay focused' .