Rafa entered both the singles and doubles draws for Indian Wells.
In doubles, Rafa partnered with Bernard Tomic.
They beat Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa in the first round, 6-4, 7-6(7)
before narrowly losing to the sixth-seeded team of Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in the second, 6-3, 6-7(4), 9-11.
In the round of 64 of the singles Rafa played Guido Pella for the first time and beat him, 6-3, 6-2.
In the round of 32 he beat Fernando Verdasco,6-3, 7-5 .
Rafa lost in the round of 16 to Roger Federer, 2-6, 3-6.
"You need to play your best if you want to have chances to win, and I did not play my best. It's obvious that I have to congratulate him because he played a great match.
"But I have to think from my side, and I think I can do it much better, and I think I gonna do it much better next time."