Qatar Open Tennis Quarter Final Results

Qatar Open Tennis Quarter Final Results

Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remained on course for a final showdown when coming through their quarter-finals in contrasting style on Thursday.

Federer cruised through his game against number 6 seed Viktor Troicki when he took little over an hour for his 6-2, 6-2 victory.

The 29-year-old world number two will be making his fifth semi-final in six appearances at Doha when he takes on Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga on Friday. It will be just the fourth time the pair have met and Federer leads their head to head matches 2-1.

Tsonga edged through his quarter-final against Guillermo-Garcia Lopez 7-6, 7-6 and Federer said of his next opponent: “I think it's exciting playing him again. I think he's a very explosive player with good character, good for the game.

“Looking forward to the match, it's going to be difficult. It seems like he's hitting the ball really well already early in the season. He seems really energised, and that's nice to see.”

World number one and tournament top seed Nadal had a harder time qualifying against Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, taking an hour and 52 minutes to win 7-6, 6-3.

After breaking Gulbis’ serve to lead 3-1 in the first set, Nadal lost his serve and with the set at 4-4 he was down 0-40 on his serve in the ninth game before fighting back to win the game and eventually the set.

The Spaniard saved five break points in all during the match in which Gulbis contributed to his own downfall with 31 unforced errors.

Nadal will play Nikolay Davydenko in a repeat of last year’s final, the Russian beat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5 despite being passed by 14 aces from the Croatian.

Fourth seed Davydenko beat Nadal in the 2010 final to win his 20th ATP tour crown and enjoys a 5-4 lead in head to heads with world number one.

Speaking about the prospect of facing Davydenko again, Nadal said: "I think he's playing unbelievable, so it's gonna be a very difficult match.

"I'm gonna try my best tomorrow, and I know it's gonna be a real difficult match. We will see what's going on, what happens, and hopefully I feel good physically tomorrow."

Online bookmaker Bet365 will be streaming live video of the semi-finals and offer odds of 9/4 for Davydenko to beat Nadal again while they bet evens for Federer to win the tournament.

 

QATAR OPEN QUARTER-FINAL RESULTS
(1) R Nadal defeats (5) E Gulbis 7-6(3), 6-3
(3) J Tsonga defeats (7) G Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (4), 7-6 (9)
(4) N Davydenko defeats   I Karlovic 6-3, 7-5
(2) R Federer defeats (6) V Troicki 6-2, 6-2

 

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