Gasquet Rallies Past Davydenko for Qatar Open Title


(January 5, 2013) Richard Gasquet came back from a set and 2-4 down to win the Qatar Open over beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 for his eighth career title on Saturday.

“I’m really happy with the way I won,” he said. “I’m confident. When you’re winning a tournament like that, it’s perfect. I played a lot, so for sure I will be ready for Melbourne.

“I’m really happy with the way I played and fought. He was playing fast in the first set. I just try to keep focused and to fight a lot, and I did it. I’m really happy with the way I won. It’s important for me to win the final.

“I think I was a little bit fresher than him in the third set, but he was playing so fast [that] he could break me in the second game in the third [set], so [anything] could happen. He could win, too. We were so close together, so it was a big match, a big fight.”

Davydenko had to call for a medical time out in the third set for treatment on his hip.

“I tried to concentrate, but I did some mistakes and already it was tough,” the Russian said. The third set, again [I was] trying, but my legs [were} not moving good. He played very well. Physically, he was much better.”

“It’s a big success for me,” Gasquet said to the crowd after the match. “I fought a lot because it was very tough and we were both tired. He is so talented and he plays so fast. It was tough for my game, but I managed to win. A lot of good players have won here, Federer, Murray.”

On Friday, Gasquet pulled out of the Sydney tennis tournament because of elbow issues. The Frenchman said that he’ll be ready for the Australian Open.


Davydenko Stuns Ferrer in Doha

Nikolay Davydenko

Nikolay Davydenko

(January 4, 2013) It’s been a week of resurgence for Nikolay Davydenko as he took out top seed and World No. 5 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Qatar Open final.

“Physically I was strong,” said Former World No. 3 Davydenko of the victory. “Concentration was good. I fought for every point.  Second set was a little bit tougher. I would like to beat everybody who is in the Top 10. It doesn’t matter if I’m not there.

“He played better than me all the time,” said Ferrer “He served better. He received better. He was better. I didn’t have any chances in the match. Davydenko is a very good player. He was Top 10 a long time.”

Joining the Russian in the Doha final will be Richard Gasquet who held back Daniel Brands 7-5, 7-5.

“I have to win this final, but, yeah, it’s true, I’m feeling well,” said Gasquet.

“I don’t know what I can do this year. But on every match I will try to fight, and I will try to prepare better on Grand Slams, to win some tournaments, to start in Doha in the final, so it’s important to win.”


Singles – Semi-final
N Davydenko (RUS) d [1] D Ferrer (ESP) 62 63
[2] R Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] D Brands (GER) 75 75

Doubles – Final
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) 75 64


CENTRE COURT start 6:00 pm
N Davydenko (RUS) vs [2] R Gasquet (FRA)


Ferrer, Gasquet Make Doha Semis, Monfils Falls to Brands


DavidFerrer BNP Paribas Players Party


(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)


Ferrer, Gasquet, Davydenko and Monfils Gain Doha Quarters



Singles – Second Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] T Kamke (GER) 63 62
[2] R Gasquet (FRA) d G Zemlja (SLO) 67(7) 64 76(3)
G Monfils (FRA) d [3] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 26 64
N Davydenko (RUS) d [4] M Youzhny (RUS) 75 63
L Lacko (SVK) d [6] V Troicki (SRB) 63 75
P Lorenzi (ITA) d L Rosol (CZE) 60 64
S Bolelli (ITA) d L Kubot (POL) 26 64 64
[Q] D Brands (GER) d [WC] M Safwat (EGY) 46 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d F Fognini (ITA) / D Marrero (ESP) 64 64
[3] D Bracciali (ITA) / O Marach (AUT) d J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) 76(10) 46 10-6
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 67(4) 64 10-8
D Brown (GER) / J Marray (GBR) d J Erlich (ISR) / M Youzhny (RUS) 76(3) 76(6)


CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] D Brands (GER) vs G Monfils (FRA)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [2] R Gasquet (FRA)
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)
N Davydenko (RUS) vs S Bolelli (ITA)

COURT 1 start 4:30 pm
D Brown (GER) / J Marray (GBR) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [3] D Bracciali (ITA) / O Marach (AUT)


Ferrer Fights Off Brown to Advance in Doha


ATP World Tour 250
Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
31 December, 2012 – 5 January, 2013
Surface: Hard


Singles – First Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] D Brown (GER) 57 63 62
[2] R Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] J Hernych (CZE) 63 64
[4] M Youzhny (RUS) d B Becker (GER) 46 76(3) 61
[Q] D Brands (GER) d [5] J Chardy (FRA) 64 64
L Kubot (POL) d [7] F Lopez (ESP) 64 62
L Rosol (CZE) d [8] P Andujar (ESP) 62 76(2)
[Q] T Kamke (GER) d R Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 61 62
[WC] M Safwat (EGY) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) 60 60
G Monfils (FRA) d [WC] M Zayed (QAT) 60 63
L Lacko (SVK) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 26 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d B Becker (GER) / I Dodig (CRO) 67(1) 63 10-8
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) d V Troicki (SRB) / G Zemlja (SLO) 63 63
D Brown (GER) / J Marray (GBR) d L Lacko (SVK) / A Ramos (ESP) 62 75
F Fognini (ITA) / D Marrero (ESP) d [WC] A Harib (QAT) / M Zayed (QAT) 61 61

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[4] M Youzhny (RUS) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
G Monfils (FRA) vs [3] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
G Zemlja (SLO) vs [2] R Gasquet (FRA)
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] T Kamke (GER)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
P Lorenzi (ITA) vs L Rosol (CZE)
S Bolelli (ITA) vs L Kubot (POL) – Not Before 5pm
F Fognini (ITA) / D Marrero (ESP) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[Q] D Brands (GER) vs [WC] M Safwat (EGY)
[6] V Troicki (SRB) vs L Lacko (SVK) – Not Before 5pm
D Brown (GER) / J Marray (GBR) vs J Erlich (ISR) / M Youzhny (RUS)
[3] D Bracciali (ITA) / O Marach (AUT) vs J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL)