Returning Federer and Nadal lead stellar cast at Indian Wells

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have been out with a lung infection and an injured knee respectively, will play for the first time since the Australian Open when they make their comebacks this weekend in Indian Wells, alongside most of the world's leading men and women.

Andy Murray meets Robby Ginepri or Andreas Seppi in his first match. Justine Henin, who needed a wild card to enter because she still does not have a world ranking following her return from retirement, had few problems overcoming Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-2 in the first round yesterday.

Britain's Elena Baltacha had to qualify, but the world No 65 maintained her excellent form, winning both her matches and going on to beat the American, Alexa Glatch, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in the first round.