INDIAN WELLS CA - March 10: Rafael Nadal hits a backhand volley during the first round of the BNP Paribas Open on March 10, 2017, at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens in Indian Wells, CA. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Nadal Starts His Indian Wells Campaign in Great Fashion

INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- 2013 BNP Paribas winner Rafael Nadal punched his ticket to the third round with a convincing win over Guido Pella on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

The Spaniard, who reached the Australian Open final in January, was broken early in the third game of the first set. He was able to break right back to even the score 2-2. He broke again in the sixth game to go up 4-2 and eventually took the set 6-3.

In the second set, fifth-seeded Nadal broke in the first game. Pella broke right back to level the set 1-1. They stayed on serve until Nadal broke in the fifth game to go up 3-2. He held and broke again to go up 5-2. He finished with a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Nadal is in the buzzed-about quarter that is billed as the toughest draw of all time. It features defending champ Novak Djokovic, 2012 BNP Paribas Open winner Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Alexander Zverev, and Nick Kyrgios.

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