Despite the rain delay all 4 quarter finals were completed in Doha today and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal came through comfortably against 7th seed Ernest Gulbis in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 in a match full of break point opportunities for both men. The Spaniard made 81% of his first serves in but only won 64% of the points, where as Gulbis fired down 9 aces but still faced 8 break points, which ultimately resulted into his undoing.
Two German qualifiers squared off in the opening match of the day and it was Peter Gojowczyk who prevailed to reach his first ATP semi final, defeating Dustin Brown 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) in just under two hours. Gojowczyk is having the best week of his career after only winning one tour level match prior to this excellent run in Doha. The German will now face the tough challenge of Rafael Nadal, in this form though the German feels anything is possible.
Fresh from producing a great comeback to defeat World No. 4 Andy Murray yesterday, Florian Mayer defeated the Romanian Victor Hanescu in three tough sets, winning 6-4, 6-7(8), 6-4. As he did in the final set yesterday, Mayer served very strongly in the 1st and 3rd sets facing no break points and winning 75% of points behind his first serve in those two sets.
In the final match on centre court Gael Monfils produced a very dominant display, crushing Daniel Brands in a 6-2, 6-1 win. The Frenchman faced no break points on serve and won 84% of points when his first serve found the mark. Expect strong serving from both when Mayer and Monfils meet tomorrow!
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