Federer and Nadal set up a blockbuster semi-final clash when they booked their places in the last four yesterday.
Supporters were hoping the pair would meet at Roland Garros back when Federer confirmed his first appearance at the clay Grand Slam in four years.
However, the 37-year-old says he has not been paying too much attention to Nadal over the past 11 days, despite being in the same half of the draw.
World No 2 Nadal has been in fine form and gave away just five games as he steamrolled No 7 seed Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.
Federer will head into the match as the underdog.
But he was keeping one eye on Nadal in the build-up to the French Open.
“I watched him play. I don’t remember when,” Federer said.
“But when I watched these matches I didn’t think ‘What will I do against him’.
“I followed the matches like any other fan would watch the match.
“Honestly, I didn’t see many.
“I mostly saw him playing in Rome and Madrid but he is the same guy.
“He has been the same guy for all these years.”
Nadal is expecting Federer to take plenty of risks in what could be their final meeting in Paris.
“Every game is different, we’ll see what happens,” he said.
“He’ll play aggressive, change the pace.
“He’s playing well, I have to be solid and not allow him to hit from comfortable positions.”
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