17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will make his 14th consecutive appearance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, where he will be looking to win his fifth title at the unofficial “fifth slam.” He will begin his campaign against Paul-Henri Mathieu, with the Federer vs Mathieu Head to Head standing at 6-0.
Federer once again established himself as a top competitor in 2014, when he lifted the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title for a sixth time in his professional career. The win marked his 78th tour-level title, which puts him 1 title ahead of John McEnroe to standalone as third in the all-time title list. Federer has also looked impressive in his other appearances on the tour this season, having reached the finals in Brisbane and the semi-final of the Australian Open, bringing his record to 14-2 this season.
Currently ranked at No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, Federer will be looking for a strong showing this week in Indian Wells. Having won the event on four occasions, Federer holds a 42-9 record at the BNP Paribas Open and is currently defending quarter-final points. Apart from his singles duties at the event, Federer will also be playing doubles competition alongside his friend and fellow countryman Stanislas Wawrinka. They previously reached the finals of the event in 2011.
France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu reached the second round in Indian Wells following a straight sets victory over Robby Ginepri. It marked the best performance of his year to date, and brought his record to 3-2 this season. He is coming off a second round exit to Juan Martin del Potro in Rotterdam.
Federer holds a dominant 6-0 record against the world No. 123 and will be looking to extend that streak further when they meet again tomorrow afternoon. Of their previous six meetings on the tour, Mathieu only managed to take a set off the Swiss No. 2 on one occasion – the 2009 French Open. All three of Federer’s hard court victories over the Frenchman have been dominant straight set wins and their next meeting will likely have similar results.
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