Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal may have had six weeks off since the Australian Open but you wouldn't have known it as he cruised into the third round in Indian Wells.

The Spaniard took time off after that marathon Aussie Open final to sort out a shoulder injury that he picked up over the winter.

And the former world number one returned to court yesterday looking fully fit and refreshed as he faced Leonardo Mayer.

While many would have expected Nadal to look a little rusty he had other ideas as he dropped just four games to win in straight sets.

He made just five unforced errors throughout the match and his serve was firing nicely.

It was all one way traffic in the opening set as the Spaniard quickly opened up a 5-0 lead.

Mayer did eventually get on the board in the sixth game to avoid the bagel set but he merely delayed the inevitable as Nadal served out the set 6-1.

Into the second and Mayer did make more of a challenge of the match but he couldn't make any inroads into the Nadal serve.

And when Nadal broke early in that second set the match was over. In just seventy five minutes Nadal claimed a 6-1 6-3 victory.

Speaking to the ATP after the match Nadal said: Very happy to be back in competition, that’s the first thing.

"This is a tournament that I love. I really enjoy playing this tournament. Always in my career, I had good success here. I played very good matches.

"It’s nice to be back playing at the very good level. Winning is the most important thing. It’s not easy to be back after a while without competition, but I did really well.

"I started the match very focused, very aggressive. I’m very happy about almost everything."

He will face compatriot Marcel Granollers in the third round as the Spaniard came through a three set battle 6-3 2-6 6-3 with Tommy Haas.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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