Nadal Wins First 2014 Trophy In Qatar

World number one Rafael Nadal survived a second-set wobble to beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 to win the Qatar Open in Doha.
The Spaniard was in inspired form in the opening set, taking it in just 23 minutes. But although Monfils led 3-0 in the second set, Nadal fought back before the Frenchman edged the tie-break.
Monfils was then broken at 1-2 in the decider and Nadal held on to win his 61st career title. Nadal, who had struggled at times in some of his matches this week, was well on top in the first set as Monfils looked shell-shocked.
However, the Frenchman, who had looked the better player on his way to the final, upped his game from the start of the second set with some powerful ground strokes but saw his advantage disappear as Nadal regained his composure to get back into the match.
But in the tie-break, a misplaced lob by Nadal gave Monfils a 4-2 advantage and he held onto that lead to force a decider.


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