Gilles Muller put up a fight but it was Rafael Nadal who advanced to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.??
Nadal, the fourth seed, needed just over two hours to seal a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over his Dutch opponent at the ATP 1000 event.??
The Spaniard took out the first set fairly comfortably despite converting just two out of seven break point opportunities.??
However, world number 45??Muller hit three aces and??broke three times in the second set to take the match to a deciding third.??
Nadal faced a stiff challenge in the third set but only needed to break Muller once to seal the victory as he looks for a fourth title in Indian Wells.
Next up for Nadal is compatriot Fernando Verdasco, who eliminated the former world number one at the Australian Open in January.??
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