Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/14
Rafael Nadal, playing on a hard court for the first time in almost a year, defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Nadal, a two-time champion at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, had missed seven months because of a left knee injury and hadn't played on a hard court since March 29, 2012. The Spanish star returned to the ATP Tour a month ago and played three tournaments on clay, winning two of those and saying his knee felt better each week. But he said in a pre-match news conference that he had no idea how the knee would hold up under the stress of a harder surface and no expectations in terms of results. He looked sharp early in the match with Harrison, hitting his shots crisply and moving well en route to a 4-1 lead, then played well enough the rest of the way to maintain control of the match against the 20-year-old American. "I didn't know if I was going to be able to come two weeks ago, but I'm very happy to be here," N...
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