Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/6/14
Rafael Nadal, back on a hard court for the first time in 344 days, played well enough to beat Ryan Harrison 7-6, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. But he produced a far more compelling performance in the post-match news conference. Maybe seven months away from the game with knee problems has sharpened his opinions. He was certainly not short of a few here. Listen to what he thinks about the new ATP rule which requires umpires to clamp down on anyone taking longer than 25 seconds between points: "That's true," he replied when asked about playing at a faster pace. "I played much faster, no? I am doing that because someone very smart puts in a new rule that is a disaster in my opinion. Not in places like here, which is dry. But it is a complete disaster when we are playing in humid places like Acapulco, Brazil or Chile." Nadal said he went back to watch some of his matches in Grand Slams to check how long it took him and his opponent to recover from long rallies. "...
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