|(BNP Paribas Open/FB)|
At the Corona Plaza (pictured above) it took place today, the draw ceremony for the BNP Paribas Open, a.k.a. Indian Wells. Last year, it was Tommy Haas, who lent a hand with pulling the draw, today it was Tommy Robredo. And believe it or not, it's actually a nice draw that this year's Tommy "prepared" for David. Who's in the bottom half and there in the top quarter (i.e. not in the one with Federer and Nadal), which belongs to David Ferrer:
 Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs BYE
[Q] Mischa Zverev (GER) vs Jürgen Melzer (AUT)
Viktor Troicki (SRB) vs David Goffin (BEL)
BYE vs  Florian Mayer (GER)
 Jerzy Janowicz (POL) vs BYE
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs David Nalbandian (ARG)
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) vs Bernard Tomic (AUS)
BYE vs  Richard Gasquet (FRA)
 Gilles Simon (FRA) vs BYE
Gilles Muller (LUX) vs Paolo Lorenzi (ITA)
Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Benoit Paire (FRA)
BYE vs  Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
 Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs BYE
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) vs Igor Sijsling (NED)
Victor Hanescu (ROM) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
BYE vs  David Ferrer (ESP)
A look at the complete draw you can take here.
Marcel Granollers (currently #33), his opponent in the first round, David has met three times and defeated him on all three of those occasions. It's been a while, though; their most recent encounter took place at the Paris Masters in 2010. Speaking of which, the Paris Masters was of course where David's projected opponent in round two made his big breakthrough, last year - Jerzy Janowicz, ranked and seeded 24th this week. If this match comes to pass it'll be a premiere as David has never faced Janowicz before.
In the third round, David would then theoretically be bound to meet 10th seed Richard Gasquet, and I'm sure David wouldn't mind playing against him but as always, I'll take it match by match.
There's visual evidence, after all: two clips of David, practicing yesterday (thanks, Andvari).