6-3 6-3 for Rafa. He’ll next face Dominic Thiem who beat him in Buenos Aires last February.
The clay court season begins, and the King of clay will be looking forward to finding his best form. Rafa will meet Aljaz Bedene in the second round, and could next face Dominic Thiem, then Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals, Andy Murray in the semis and Novak Djokovic in the final.
Here’s the outfit Rafa Nadal will be wearing in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome:
Rafa’s shoe of choice, the NikeCourt Lunar Ballistec 1.5:
Nadal’s outfit is available online on nike.com
Hard day at the office for Rafa. Ill and suffering from the heat, he was forced to retire at 3-0 in the third set of the opening round.
Photo credit: Andrew Mack
Thanks to Gary, some beautiful photos from players, officials and crowds at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.