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Gojowczyk Goes From Nadal Fan To Opponent

Doha, Qatar

Gojowczyk© AFP/Getty ImagesPeter Gojowcyzk is the fourth qualifier to reach the Doha semi-finals in tournament history.

Last year at the US Open, Peter Gojowczyk met Rafael Nadal in the locker room and asked him for an autograph. On Friday, he’ll go from hunter to hunted when he faces off against the Spaniard in the semi-finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Gojowczyk reflected on how the tables had turned, following his quarter-final win over fellow German Dustin Brown on Thursday. “I met [Nadal] now in the locker room and he said, ‘Congrats, Peter.’ It's nice. Now I think he knows me. I think I asked him for his signature in New York [at the] US Open last year. I met him also in the locker room, and I said, ‘Can I get a signature?’”

Despite that recent encounter, Nadal said that adulation would not be a factor when the pair met on the tennis court instead of the locker room.

“When you are in semi-finals, [it] doesn't matter if you ask me for autograph a few months before,” he said. “I know he’s going to go on court trying to win. I need to play my best, continuing playing better and better every day. I saw him play today. He can play very well.”

Nadal will be looking to reach the Doha final for the second time. He lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the 2010 final. 

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