Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule
Many of men's tennis' top stars will hit the hard courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex to compete in this year's 2014 Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
During the tournament's 22nd installment, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Andy Murray will attempt to usurp reigning champion Richard Gasquet at Doha. Last year, Gasquet won the finals over Nikolay Davydenko, who also returns to the draw.
The competition is stiff this time around, with Nadal and Ferrer both on top of their games. The biggest story in Qatar, however, is the return of Andy Murray, who has been sidelined since September after undergoing back surgery.
While every competitor can view the Qatar Open as a tune-up for the upcoming Australian Open, Murray's every move will especially be scrutinized as he looks to regain his form in time for the major.
Stay posted on the Qatar Open's latest happenings here, where we'll keep you updated daily.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal, ESP
No. 2 David Ferrer, ESP
No. 3 Andy Murray, GBR
No. 4 Tomas Berdych, CZE
No. 5 Richard Gasquet, FRA
No. 6 Philipp Kohlschreiber, GER
No. 7 Ernests Gulbis, LAT
No. 8 Fernando Verdasco, ESP
Click here to view the complete tournament draw courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.
Click here to view the daily schedule courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.
Day 6 Results
Day 6 Singles Results
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2
Rafael Nadal didn't waste any time picking up where 2013 left off. Nadal defeated Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 on Saturday evening, dominating the first and third sets en route to his first championship of the year.
Nadal claims Qatar Open title: World number one Rafael Nadal beats Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 to... http://t.co/VyAZpyPNin— BBC Tennis (@BBC_Tennis) January 4, 2014
This is the first time Nadal has won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. And, considering where he was at this point a year ago, this victory is the latest indicator that Nadal will be back for good. On the shelf with what seemed like a career-threatening knee injury during the 2013 event in Qatar, Nadal opened his match with Monfils with a 23-minute first-set victory that set the tone for the evening.
While Monfils battled back for a long, thrilling second set that went to a tiebreak, Nadal rarely felt out of control. He broke the Frenchman twice in the third set, forcing errors with a series of well-placed returns that flustered the upset-minded Monfils.
The final was a promising result for Nadal, whose form was in question at multiple points during the event. With the Australian open less than a fortnight away, the world's top-ranked player should have all the momentum he can handle heading to Melbourne.
The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam Nadal has not won multiple times. His 2009 victory remains his lone championship, and the competition should be high this time around. Novak Djokovic has won the Australian each of the last three years, and while Nadal has had his rival's number recently, it's still going to be a tall task to take him down.
After his championship in Qatar, though, Nadal is proving that surprises still aren't out of the question even this late in his career.
Day 5 Results
Day 5 Singles Results
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Peter Gojowczyk; 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Gael Monfils def. Florian Mayer; 6-3, 6-2
Day 5 Doubles Results
Tomas Berdych/Jan Hajek def. Alexander Peya/Bruno Soares (1); 6-2, 6-4
Although Tomas Berdych lost in the first round of the singles tournament, he can go home with a smile on his face as he and Jan Hajek were able to win the doubles championship in an upset over Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
Peya and Soares entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, but they combined for six double faults in the match and converted only one of nine break point opportunities.
As a result, Berdych ends up with an interesting statistic, as pointed out by Alvaro Roma of Eurosport:
Only top10 without titles in 2013: Berdych. First player to raise a crown in 2014: Berdych (Doha doubles w/ Hajek)— Álvaro Rama (@alvarorama) January 3, 2014
Meanwhile, the finals are now set in the singles tournament with an exciting battle between Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils.
Nadal struggled early on and actually dropped the first set to Peter Gojowczyk, who had to qualify to reach the tournament. However, the world No. 1 finally got back on the right track and won the next two sets to win the semifinal match.
Gael Monfils did not have anywhere near as much trouble with Florian Mayer. Some great serving led to a straight-set victory while he lost only five games in the match.
This sets up a final between two players with an interesting history, as noted by ESPN Tennis:
Monfils to play Nadal in Doha final. Nadal owns 8-2 head-to-head edge, but Monfils is 2-0 in Doha meetings. #ESPNTennis— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) January 3, 2014
Nadal obviously has the skill to win, but Monfils will try to continue his recent success at Doha in the championship.
Day 4 Results
Day 4 Singles Results
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Ernests Gulbis (7); 7-5, 6-4
Gael Monfils def. Daniel Brands; 6-2, 6-1
Florian Mayer def. Victor Hanescu; 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-4
Peter Gojowczyk def. Dustin Brown; 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5)
Day 4 Doubles Results
Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares (1) def. Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo (3); 6-3, 6-3
Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek def. Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber; 6-2, 6-3
Rafael Nadal is the last seeded player remaining heading into the semifinals. The top-ranked Spaniard survived Latvian up-and-comer Ernests Gulbis on Day 4, rallying from an 0-3 hole in the second set to stun the world No. 24.
Nadal, who implemented some surprising strategy throughout the match, is now 7-0 all time against Gulbis, per Tennis.com columnist Steve Tignor on Twitter:
Nadal on Gulbis last year: "Right thing to do is play against his backhand & change to his forehand quick." Seems to be doing opposite today— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) January 2, 2014
Germans Florian Mayer and Peter Gojowczyk were also winners on Day 4. Both men needed all three sets to advance, but Mayer will have the easier road to the final as he gears up for a showdown against electrifying Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Monfils made short work of German Daniel Brands, breaking him four times and dropping just three total games in the straight-sets rout.
Meanwhile, Gojowczyk, who made the singles draw as a qualifier, will face off against Nadal, per The Times' Neil Harman on Twitter:
Gojowczyk: "I met him [Nadal] in the locker room and he said 'congrats Peter' Now I think he knows me and it's great."— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) January 2, 2014
Elsewhere, in doubles action, the top-ranked Brazilian team of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares advanced to the tournament final, where they will take on the Czech tandem of Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek. Berdych and Hajek were dominant in their straight-sets win over defending doubles champions Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber and will be hungry for a title considering Berdych was ousted in the first round of the singles draw earlier this week.
Still, the European hopefuls will have to get past a Peya-Soares duo that managed to win 47 percent of their total return points vs. the third-seeded pair of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on Day 4.
Day 3 Results
Day 3 Singles Results
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Tobias Kamke; 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3
Florian Mayer def. Andy Murray (3); 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Daniel Brands def. David Ferrer (2); 6-4, 7-5
Gael Monfils def. Richard Gasquet (5); 6-2, 7-5
Ernests Gulbis (7) def. Lukasz Kubot; 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
Victor Hanescu def. Fernando Verdasco (8); 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2
Peter Gojowczyk def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (6); 7-6(4), 7-6(7)
Dustin Brown def. Ivo Karlovic; 3-6, 7-6(13), 6-4
Day 3 Doubles Results
Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares (1) def. Andy Murray and Nenad Zimonjic; 7-6(5), 6-4
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo (3) def. Rafael Nadal and Francisco Roig; 6-4, 7-6(1)
Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot (4); 7-6(2), 7-5
Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek def. Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea; 2-6, 3-6, 10-4
You didn't want to be a seeded player on Wednesday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. A total of six ranked players fell in the second round of the singles draw and quarterfinals of the doubles draw—five in the singles, one in the doubles.
It was a "Black Wednesday" in Qatar.
The highest-profile star to have lost was No. 2 Andy Murray. Florian Mayer got the better of the 2013 Wimbledon champ, winning in three sets.
Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline noted how this loss could affect Murray's preparation heading into the Australian Open.
Andy Murray loses to funky Florian Mayer 36 64 62 in Doha. Unless he takes a WC somewhere, will go into AO w/ just 2 matches under his belt.— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) January 1, 2014
The 26-year-old has reached the final in Melbourne in three of the last four years, so it may be difficult to make that four in five with only two matches in the buildup.
David Ferrer didn't do his Australian Open chances any favors, either, with a straight-set loss to Daniel Brands. With the win, Brands earned himself a nickname from Brad Gilbert.
Huge win for big serving Name Brands vs little beast Ferrrerrr the Germans are liking the quick courts in Doha so far— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) January 1, 2014
Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco were the other seeded players to be upset in the first round. Of the three, only Verdasco was able to push his match to three sets. It was no doubt a fun round of tennis and helped to ring in the new year right.
Day 2 Results
Day 2 Singles Results
Rafael Nadal (1) def. Lukas Rosol; 6-2, 7-6 (9-7)
David Ferrer (2) def. Alexandr Dolgopolov; 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Andy Murray (3) def. Mousa Shanan Zayed; 6-0, 6-0
Richard Gasquet (5) def. Karim Hossam; 7-5, 6-1
Philipp Kohlschreiber (6) def. Pablo Adujar; 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
Ernests Gulbis (7) def. Daniel Evans; 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
Dustin Brown def. Ivan Dodig; 6-4, 6-2
Daniel Brands def. Nikolay Davydenko; 6-4, 6-4
Florian Mayer def. Michal Przysiezny; 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
Peter Gojowczyk def. Dominic Thiem; 7-5, 6-0
Day 2 Doubles Results
Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares (1) def. Malek Jaziri and Mousa Shanan Zayed; 6-1, 6-4
Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea def. David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco (2); 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 12-10
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo (3) def. Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski; 6-4, 4-6, 10-4
Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek def. Santiago Giraldo and Joao Sousa; 6-3, 6-2
The top seeds in the singles draw all advanced to the second round on Day 2 at Doha. Former U.S. Open champions Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray each made short work of their opponents, winning in straight sets to inch closer to a potential showdown in the final.
While the 2013 Wimbledon winner didn't drop a single game en route to the second round, Nadal had to exorcise past Wimbledon demons in order to escape the first round, as he beat Lukas Rosol via a dramatic second-set tiebreak. Remember, Rosol was the man who knocked Nadal out of the second round at the All England Club back in 2012.
After the win, tennis stat man Steph Trudel pointed out that the list of active players with winning marks against Rafa is shrinking:
There are now only 2 active players on the ATP World Tour that have a winning head to head vs Nadal: Davydenko 6-5 and Guccione 1-0— Steph Trudel (@TrudelSteph) December 31, 2013
Nadal could have had a shot to even his career mark against Davydenko in the Doha final, but the veteran was eliminated by Daniel Brands in straight sets.
David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Ernests Gulbis also won on Day 2. However, Gasquet was the only player able to advance in straight sets.
The chalk nearly held up in doubles action as well as two of the three seeded teams in action advance to Round 2. The Spanish tandem of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco was the only seeded pair to fall on New Year's Eve.
Day 1 Results
Day 1 Singles Results
Gael Monfils def. Santiago Giraldo; 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
Lukasz Kubot def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 6-4, 6-3
Ivo Karlovic def. No. 4 Tomas Berdych; 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4)
No. 8 Fernando Verdasco def. Filippo Volandri; 6-3, 6-3
Victor Hanescu def. Joao Sousa; 6-3, 6-2
Tobias Kamke def. Malek Jaziri; 6-3, 6-4
Day 1 Doubles Results
Andy Murray and Nenad Zimonjic def. Daniel Brands and Florian Mayer; 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8
Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle; 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot def. Alexandr Dolgopolov and Teymuraz Gabashvili; 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Rafael Nadal and Francisco Roig def. Pablo Andujar and Lukas Rosol; 6-2, 2-6, 10-4
The first day wasted no time in providing a stunner, as Ivo Karlovic knocked off Tomas Berdych in the opening round.
Karlovic, who ended 2012 ranked 77th, eliminated Berdych after two grueling sets that both boiled down to tiebreakers. Berdych will now finish the year as the only top-10 men's player without an ATP title.
The only other top-10 player on Monday's draw, Fernando Verdasco disposed of Filippo Volandri in two routine sets, each ending with a 6-3 score.
Nadal, Murray, Ferrer and Gasquet all must wait to kick off their singles openers, but two of them took the stage in doubles action.
In his first match since September, Murray was tested immediately in a doubles battle that lasted three sets. After falling behind, he and partner Nenad Zimonjic rallied back to knock off Daniele Bracciali and Julian Knowle in a gripping bout.
Nadal also kicked off the event in doubles action, where he advanced to the second round alongside 45-year-old Francisco Roig, who is a member of Nadal's coaching team.