• Rusty Nadal gets past Harrison

    3/10/13 12:42 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Rusty Nadal gets past Harrison Rafael Nadal secured his first hardcourt win in almost a year over American Ryan Harrison in his Indian Wells debut on Saturday night.

    Spaniard Rafael Nadal was clearly not at his best, but the world No. 5 weathered 5 double faults and 25 unforced errors to defeat Ryan Harrison 7-6(3), 6-2.

    The first set was rough for Nadal, whose backhand was almost completely absent as he tried to adjust from three tournaments on clay to the high-altitude hardcourt conditions in the California desert. Fortunately for the Spaniard's camp, Harrison didn't play nearly well enough to take advantage. The American did secure a break of the Nadal serve mid-way through the first, but lack of a gameplan and the typical Nadal resolve saw it erased.

    Once the set advanced to the tiebreaker, Harrison lost his way completely. The American played a dismal breaker to drop the first set.

    Nadal seemed to relax more in the second set. He still wasn't at his hard court best, but he recognized that Harrison's game was flagging and put on the pressure on the American's serve. The Spaniard secured another pair of breaks to close out the win in straight sets.

    Nadal will take on Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who upset Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

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Happy for the win. He has to cut down on the errors and DFs though. Five DFs in a two sets match is rare for Rafa, maybe he needs more time to adjust to the hard courts and also the wind. L Mayer next. He comes with a big serve( we saw that at Acapulco) so Rafa has to return well and holds his own serves. The road forward is getting tougher and tougher each round, hopefully Rafa can get better too, if possible get a SF/F or W, so that he can afford to skip Miami without losing many points. Vamos Rafa!

luckystar , 3/10/13 3:32 PM

i think nadal was looking pretty sharp. hoping for a clash with gulbis now!!

croc , 3/10/13 4:41 PM

Nadal fans are over-optimistic I see 40% of them have voted for Nadal winning the Indian Wells masters. beating Ferrer on clay wont make him the favorite for a hard court event.

tennis2011 , 3/10/13 7:40 PM

^^^How do you know that all the 40% are Rafa fans?

Rafa says he is playing Miami according to the SKY commies.

nadline , 3/10/13 8:01 PM

^^^ if all are remotely like you, what is the probability they are not?

rfzr , 3/10/13 8:16 PM

I am a very big fan of Rafa but I voted for Nole in the pole because I think Rafa's chances are very slim to win IW.

gr8nadal , 3/10/13 9:07 PM

^^^There you go rfzr.

nadline , 3/10/13 9:28 PM

^^^ then you should take advice from your fellow rafan.

rfzr , 3/10/13 9:33 PM

Delusional Fed fans like rfzr must have voted for Fed.

holdserve , 3/10/13 10:40 PM

In my opinion, the faves are in this order: Nole, Muzza, Fed, Rafa

holdserve , 3/10/13 10:42 PM

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
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