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article imageNadal breezes past Schuettler on return

By Alex Harrison     Mar 14, 2010 in Sports
World number three Rafael Nadal won through to the third round of the first Masters Series event of the season in Indian Wells with victory over Germany´s Rainer Schuettler
In windy conditions Schuettler looked the more unsettled of the two and Nadal took full advantage breaking the German at the first time of asking. He went on to take the set 6-4, the second set followed a similar pattern with Schuettler unable to up his level to that of the Spaniard and Nadal won through 6-4 6-4. It was exactly the start the Spaniard would have been hoping for after nearly two months out with a knee injury sustained at the Australian open in January. He was quoted on the BBC as saying "It was a good start in the conditions for me and I'm very happy," he went on to say "When I was playing in favour of the wind, it was very difficult for me with the backhand because I feel if I only touch the ball, the ball was out. It went too much".
In other first round action Novak Djokovic survived a second set scare against Mardy Fish of the USA, coming through 6-1 0-6 6-2. "I'm still jet-lagged and it took some time for me to get used to the centre court." said the world number 2.
Number 5 seed Nicolay Davydenko always secured his passage through to the third round with a comprehensive 6-4 6-4 victory over latvia´s Ernests Gulbis.
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