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Nadal downs Rosol at Qatar Open

Ap
Thursday, January 02, 2014

DOHA - World No.1 Rafael Nadal began his quest for a uniquely elusive title when he defeated Lukas Rosol in the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

The Spaniard's 6-2, 7-6 win against the Czech who upset him sensationally in the second round of Wimbledon 2012, carried him into the second round of the Doha tournament on Tuesday.

This is the only ATP World Tour tournament which Nadal has failed in five attempts to win.

Nadal insisted, however, revenge was far from his mind despite celebrating the win with an extravagant air punch.

"I never take revenge," he said. "Thinking about revenge is a bad way to start a match, in my opinion. You have to start calm and with the mind very open to analyse what's going on in the match.

"I was a little bit nervous.

"I didn't have a great memory of the last match against him.

"After that I hadn't played for almost eight months, so it was a bad feeling."

There were moments when it seemed Rosol's strident style might again prove disruptive for Nadal, especially in a second set in which the top seed had to repeatedly summon his fighting qualities against the world No.47.

Earlier, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray needed only 37 minutes to win his first match in four months on the ATP world Tour.

Murray was a 6-0, 6-0 winner against Qatar's Mousa Zayed, in his comeback from surgery on a back injury which also caused pain in his leg and foot.

But the brief evidence of Tuesday's mismatch victory over a local wild card entry is that the operation may have been a success and his freedom of movement improved.

Murray next plays Florian Mayer, the world No.40 from Germany, and could be headed for a quarter-final with Fernando Verdasco, the eighth-seeded Spaniard.

Later titleholder Richard Gasquet began his defence with a straight sets win, despite rumours that he might withdraw because of a back ailment sustained in practice here three days ago.