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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:
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.