Rafael Nadal (pictured) rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory against Radek Stepanek.
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Defending champion Rafael Nadal survived an upset scare from Radek Stepanek to move on in second-round play at the $4.72 million BNP Paribas Open, the first Masters 1000 event of the year.
The top-seeded Nadal, who topped Juan Martin del Potro in last year's marquee finale, dropped the first set and trailed deep in the third against the 35- year-old Stepanek before ultimately rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.
Stanislas Wawrinka had an easier time in his Saturday match, as the third- seeded Australian Open champ handled Ivo Karlovic by a 6-3, 7-5 score.
Fifth-seeded Andy Murray was also pushed to a third set by Lukas Rosol, but the 2009 Indian Wells runner-up still came through with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.