The unusual draw for the event has put several high profile players
in the same quarter.
Federer and Nadal have held up their end of the
bargain and will now treat fans to a replay of the Australian Open
Federer indicated that he is not fazed by the draw and that his win in Melbourne will have little effect on his attitude.
"That's why I came here, to play against guys like Rafa... now we have it," the Swiss Maestro told ATP World Tour website.
"I'm going to be excited now, I'd better be excited now otherwise I
came for the wrong reasons. I try to see it really as another
opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season.
"So regardless of Australia, winning or losing, I'm going to try to
go out there and try to play free again. I think it's really important.
"I'm really happy that I got my energy back because in Dubai I was
actually still quite tired. I feel like tomorrow if I move well I will
definitely have a chance against Rafa."
Meanwhile, Nadal revealed he gained momentum from a strong showing
against Fernando Verdasco, where aggressive serving and powerful
groundstrokes earned him a straight set win.
"I played a good match, no?" quipped the Spaniard after the match.
"Very aggressive with my serve, serving well, hitting good forehands,
good backhands... very happy. I think I played much better today than
the first day. So very pleased with my performance."
Wednesday will mark the 36th meeting between the two old rivals, with Nadal leading their head-to-head 23-12.
However, Federer has had the edge of late and should he win, it will
be the first time in his career he has beaten Nadal on three consecutive
occasions after his Australian Open win and the Basel Final in 2015.
It doesn't get much easier for the winner, as they will face either
second seed Novak Djokovic or the in-form Nick Kyrgios in the