Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer made short work of their opening opponents in Indian Wells on Sunday. Playing in his first match since losing an epic Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, two-times champion Nadal beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-1 6-3. Federer breezed into round three with a 6-4 6-1 win over Denis Kudla of the US. In the women’s draw, second seed Petra Kvitova suffered a shock 2-6 6-2 6-3 loss to American Christina McHale, but top seed Victoria Azarenka progressed.
“She started off serving really well,” said 19-year-old McHale, the 32nd seed. “I couldn’t get a read on her serve in the first set, and I wasn’t moving very well, either. “And then I just hung in there early in the second, and then she played one service game where she gave me a couple of loose errors, and then I just kept hanging in there.