Nadal wins; Murray returns with a victory in Doha|
Doha, Qatar (SportsNetwork.com) - World No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal won,
while two-time champion Andy Murray, playing his first match in three-and-a-
half months, returned a winner Tuesday at the $1 million Qatar Open.
The U.S. and French Open titlist Nadal beat Czech Lukas Rosol 6-2, 7-6 (9-7),
as the Spaniard avenged a stunning second-round loss at the hands of the big-
serving Czech two seasons ago at Wimbledon in what was one of the biggest
upsets in Grand Slam history.
The 2010 Doha runner-up Nadal will meet German Tobias Kamke in the second
round on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the third-seeded Murray double-bageled helpless Qatari wild card
Mousa Shanan Zayed 6-0, 6-0 in a laughable 37-minute affair on the
hardcourts at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
The Wimbledon titlist and 2008 and 2009 Doha winner Murray underwent minor
back surgery and hadn't played anywhere since mid-September. His second-round
opponent on Wednesday will be capable German Florian Mayer.
Fifth-seeded and defending Doha champion Richard Gasquet reached the round of
16 by defeating Egyptian wild card Karim Hossam 7-5, 6-1. Gasquet's next
opponent will be two-time Doha finalist and fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Also, second-seeded French Open runner-up David Ferrer got past Ukrainian
Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, sixth-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber
doused Spaniard Pablo Andujar 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, and seventh-seeded Latvian
Ernests Gulbis held off British qualifier Daniel Evans 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.
Additional opening-round wins came for a bevy of Germans -- Mayer,
Peter Gojowczyk, qualifier Dustin Brown, and Daniel Brands, who topped Russian
Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 at this Australian Open tune-up. Davydenko was last
year's Doha runner-up to Gasquet, titled here in 2010, and was also a runner-
up in 2011.
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