QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN 2014
Nadal Avoids Murray's Fate In Battling Win; Monfils Ousts Gasquet
by ATP Staff|
Nadal was forced to work hard to beat Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3 on Wednesday night.
"I spent a lot of time on court and I won," he said. "That's the very important thing. I think I played much better today than yesterday. The opponent played great; played very aggressive."
Nadal battled back from 1-4 in the second set, but failed to convert three break points on Kamke serve at 5-5, 0/40. The German took a 5-0 lead in the tie-break, which Nadal could not claw back.
Gulbis beat Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Nadal leads Gulbis 6-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
"He's a player you don't want to meet because he hits every ball very hard with a very strong serve, first and second serve," Nadal said of Gulbis. "Then he hits every ball very, very, very fast from the baseline, forehand/backhand, so he's a difficult player to play against."
Defending champion Richard Gasquet became the fifth seeded player to bow out on Wednesday, with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils in the last match on centre court. Monfils closed out the victory in 63 minutes, taking a 5-4 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.
Nadal, Murray Beaten In Doubles Action
Following their singles matches, Nadal and Murray both returned to the courts for doubles action and lost their quarter-final matches. Nadal, partnering fellow Spaniard Francisco Roig, lost to third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-6(1). Murray, playing with Serbian Nenad Zimonjic, fell to top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 7-6(5), 6-4.
In the other half of the doubles draw, Germans Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber knocked out No. 4 seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-6(2), 7-5. They will face Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek for a place in the final. The Czechs rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 10-4 win over Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea.