Former champion Roger Federer will look to begin his 2015 campaign at Indian Wells on Sunday evening. He is scheduled to face qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman in the second round of the tournament in what will mark the second time the two athletes will meet on the professional tour. Federer leads the head-to-head series 1-0 and will look to maintain that undefeated streak on Sunday.
The world No. 2 is coming off a solid straight sets victory over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to earn his seventh title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He did so by serving 12 aces, which allowed him to surpass the 9,000 aces in his career mark. It was the latest in a string of impressive performances for Federer this season, as he has already won two titles this year so far. He will look to add to that momentum this week in the American desert.
The Swiss star will encounter Diego Schwartzman in his first match this week, and it is certainly a surprising result, as many anticipated Jerzy Janowicz would be the player in that slot. However, the Argentinian managed to overcome the hot-tempered Pole in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3). He withstood 11 aces, won 70% of his first service points and converted three break points to win the match in two hours and 15 minutes.
These two competitors have only crossed paths once previously on the professional tour, with Federer leading the series 1-0. While there is always the possibility for a staggering upset at such events, it is highly unlikely we will witness one in this particular match. Given his form so far this season, Federer will be looking to make a deep run this year at Indian Wells.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets