Thursday, January 2, 2014

Qatar – Nadal and Monfils march on to face a German duo

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal remain the only seeded player left in the draw after his 75 64 quarter final win over Latvia's Earnist Gulbis. It wasn't all plain sailing for Nadal who had his serve broken in both sets as well as trailing 0-3 in the second. Quoting the Asscoiated Press Nadal said:-
"I'm happy to win against Ernests,"

"If you are not playing well it's very, very difficult. He's able to hit winners from every part on the court."
Ok not much of an in depth review of his match I will admit. In the semi final he will face little known German Peter Gojowczyk who reached his first ATP tour semi final. Qualifier Gojowczyk is currently ranked 162 and has one Challenger title to his name (Ningbo 2012). In an all German encounter he battled to a 63 36 76 win over Dustin Brown in just under two hours. Whilst in the bottom half Andy Murray victor Florian Mayer continued his fine run with a hard 64 67 64 win over Romania's Victor Hănescu. Up next for Mayer is Gaël Monfils who notched up an comprehensive 48 minute 62 61 win over Daniel Brands without losing a game on his serve.

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