Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Previewing Roger Federer's Draw Rounds 2 to 4

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Sony Ericsson Open 2012: Previewing Roger Federer's Draw Rounds 2 to 4
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The second Master's series event of the year has already kicked off at the Sony Ericsson Open.

The first Master's series event, the BNP Paribas Open, was won by Roger Federer in straight sets over John Inser. 

Federer was also able to defeat his greatest rival, Rafael Nadal, on an outdoor hard court for the first time since 2005. 

The Swiss Maestro has found his confidence once again. Last week, he put the entire tour on notice. 

Last year Novak Djokovic was able to follow up his victory at the BNP Paribas Open with a Sony Ericsson title.

Federer has managed this great achievement twice in his career, most recently in 2006. 

For Federer to win the title this week, he will need to play as well as he did last week in California. If he is able to keep up his recent form, then he will be one of the favorites 

The draw does not look easy for Federer, but he will be favored in every matchup until a possible semifinal clash with Djokovic.

Now, let's look forward at what the draw may hold for Roger Federer in his first three matches.

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