Ferrer, Gasquet Make Doha Semis, Monfils Falls to Brands


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(January 3, 2013) David Ferrer lead the charge into the Qatar Open semifinals with a 6-3, 6-0 rout over Paolo Lorenzi. “In the second set, I played more aggressive with my game, Ferrer said. It’s never easy to play [well] the first week of the season.”

Ferree will meet Nikolay Davydenko in the semis. He dismantled Simone Bolelli 6-1, 6-1 in 50 minutes..

Richard Gasquet  also advanced to the semifinals defeating Lukas Lacko 6-1, 6-3.

“I returned better and served better than yesterday. It’s a good match for me,” said the Frenchman. “I’m happy. I feel more confident than yesterday. It’s a good win for me.”


Gasquet’s countryman Gael Monfils comeback from a knee injury was stalled after falling to the 153rd ranked German qualifier Daniel Brands 6-1, 7-5.


“He went for his shots more than me” Monfils said. “He was playing very fast at the beginning, and it took me a while to adapt and to just to see how he was playing.”

“It was tougher because I felt a bit heavier, and it was my first tough match yesterday. I struggled a bit with my recovery. I have to get used to, and, you know, just adjust a couple of stuff to be better.”

For Brands, he’s aiming to become a top 100 player. “If I have confidence and I feel good, then I can play like today,” Brands said.
“I had three matches in the qualies, which were also not so easy. If you win the matches, you get confidence. That’s very important for me. I can’t believe it right now. If I have confidence and I feel good, then I can play like today. I hope I can keep on playing like this in my next match tomorrow and let’s see what happens.”


Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 60
[2] R Gasquet (FRA) d L Lacko (SVK) 61 63
N Davydenko (RUS) d S Bolelli (ITA) 61 61
[Q] D Brands (GER) d G Monfils (FRA) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d D Brown (GER) / J Marray (GBR) 75 67(5) 10-6
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [3] D Bracciali (ITA) / O Marach (AUT) 64 75


CENTRE COURT start 4:30 pm
[Q] D Brands (GER) vs [2] R Gasquet (FRA)
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)