Qatar Open 2014 – Nadal Through, Murray Out

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The World No. 1 Rafael Nadal was forced to work today as he overcame the stern challenge from Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3, the Spaniard won 74% of points behind his first serve but struggled to break the Germans serve, only converting 3 of 12 opportunities in the pairs first meeting. Nadal started strongly and managed to fight back from 4-1 down in the 2nd only to squander opportunities near the end of the set and couldn’t recover when falling behind 5-0 in the tie-break. Kamke’s aggression overpowered Nadal at times but he felt he played much better than he did yesterday and was very pleased to come through and set up a quarter final match with the 7th seed Ernest Gulbis who beat Lukas Kubot 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Andy Murray wasn’t so fortunate as despite leading by a set and 3-0 the German Florian Mayer managed to find his range and stormed back to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Murray was hitting the mark consistently throughout the first half of the match and seemed to be coasting to victory with a 3-0 Head 2 Head record in his favour, but once Mayer took the second set he served too strongly winning 86% of points behind his first serve and 80% behind his second making it impossible for Murray to fight back. Mayer goes on to play Victor Hanescu who upset the 8th seed Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2.

The 2nd seed David Ferrer was also defeated by another German Daniel Brands 6-4, 7-5 in their first meeting. In the all French encounter two time runner-up Gael Monfils beat the 5th seed Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5 in just over an hour to take a 5-4 lead in their Head 2 Head. It was another strong day for the Germans as qualifier Peter Gojowczyk defeated the 6th seed Philip Kolschreiber 7-6(4), 7-6(7) and another German qualifier Dustin Brown fought back to beat Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 7-6(13), 6-4 to go on to face the Gojowczyk in tomorrows quarter final.

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