Category Archives: Doha

Doha Court Crumbles Under Ferrer’s Foot

As David Ferrer scurried along the baseline in Doha today the court (note: hard court) crumbled and holes formed in the surface. Moments later an entire team were looking at the hole in the court, watching as glue was poured in and a heat lamp applied to make it dry. At the time of writing the players were waiting for the paint to dry on the court.

Nadal Pulls Out Of Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has made the smart decision to withdraw from the Australian Open. Rafa’s recent injury issues have been well documented as has his need to hit a lot of balls to find his groove.

Recently a stomach virus has kept Rafa from training as he would like and as a result he withdrew from Abu Dhabi which was scheduled to be his first tournament back.

While the Abu Dhabi tournament organisers scrambled to replace Rafa’s after his last minute withdrawal (and after they had snubbed Roger Federer) the Australian Open looked to be in doubt. Read more »

Nadal Moves Into Doha Semis

Rafael Nadal has defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 in Doha to reach the semi finals of the tournament.

Nadal who is nursing a shoulder injury said, “I think I played my best match here today.”

With Novak Djokovic already in Melbourne practicing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal and Roger Federer are still on course for a finals showdown in Doha which, should they meet, would be the second time in as many weeks. Read more »

Nadal Beats Federer To Ring In The New Year

After being comfortably beaten by David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal has rebounded and beaten Roger Federer 6-1, 7-5 in the Abu Dhabi exhibition championship. Nadal, nursing a shoulder injury, cruised comfortably as he raced to a 3-0 lead before taking the opening set in just 27 minutes.

Federer lifted his level after looking somewhat distracted at the break between sets. Despite getting a 4-3 lead Nadal managed to stay with the Swiss former world number one and leveled the second set at 5-5. Read more »

Federer Wins Fifth Basel Title

Roger Federer has defeated Kei Nishikori in Basel 6-1, 6-3 to win his second title of the season and fifth Basel title. It is Federer’s first title since he won Doha at the beginning of the season and ends a long tour drought for the Swiss Maestro.

Nishikori was disappointing with his performance but delighted to have his first opportunity to play the former world number one. “I tried to fight but Roger would not let me into the match. I’m very glad to have played the final. It’s always been one of my goals to play Roger.” Read more »

>Roger Federer Claims Doha Title

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Roger Federer has had a great start to the new year, comfortably disposing of Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to claim the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

The win has media outlets swirling with talk that Federer may regain number one title, a position that was snatched from him just one week shy of equaling Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks. It’s a change of heart from tennis media who were just a few months ago, once again, saying Federer was on his way out. New coach Paul Annacone is credited with turning things around.

In the rankings Rafa Nadal sits 3305 points ahead of Federer (which will change over the coming days) and Rafa only has 360 points to defend in Australia compared to Roger’s 2000. However, come clay court season and beyond Nadal has a huge task at hand if he wants to defend the following titles; Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and Toyko all of which equals 9,500 points which doesn’t even include any other smaller tournaments where he may have had good results. After the Australian Open, however, Federer experience a relative slump and so he has the chance to make up a lot of ground – particularly if Nadal doesn’t recover fully from his mystery fever.

Nadal has held the top spot for 32 weeks so far since reclaiming the position.

The signs are good for the Swiss Maestro going into Melbourne. Not only is the man he’s looking to stop ill and being forced to change his preparation but Federer himself is in ominous form. Federer claimed the Doha title without losing a single set and took just 79 minutes to take the trophy.

“We’ll see how it goes. Look, obviously Rafa has a lot to defend, but at the same time, he’s very confident and he’s the one who is World No. 1 and has all the confidence, really.

So it’s going to be very difficult, clearly. But if I keep playing at the level I’m playing and reaching almost all these finals lately, then obviously you feel like you’ll have a chance. But I have to keep it up, and you need to do something special to get to World No. 1. It’s not enough to win a Grand Slam and the World Tour Finals anymore. You almost need to do more than that, and I’m prepared for that, so we’ll see how it goes.” – Roger Federer

Sick Nadal Claims Doubles Title, Delays Flight To Melbourne

Trouble started in the Nadal camp a few days ago when it first appeared Rafael Nadal was suffering from some sort of fever. Why he continued to play singles and doubles when he’s sick is beyond me. Why he’s doing so just before a potentially historic Australian Open is even more confusing. Read more »

Another Tweener From Roger Federer

During the second set of his match against Thomas Schroorel, Roger Federer pulled off another Tweener. It happened at 5-2 when Federer appeared to overrun a ball. It’s a great shot – maybe not as amazing as that one at the US Open in 2009 but the shot seems to be becoming a regular in Federer’s arsenal.

What do you think – Show off or magic?

Nadal Stars In New Mapfre Ad

Rafael Nadal’s new ad for Mapfre, a Spanish insurance company, has been released today. In the clip a Maprfe employee brings Nadal to his daughters show and tell class much to the delight of her fellow classmates. Read more »

>Kim Clijsters Seals Her Position Among Legends

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Kim Clijsters has sealed her position amongst some of the greatest players on the WTA tour after claiming her third season ending championship title in Doha overnight. Clijsters endured a car crash before her semi final match and then stepped up to defeat Caroline Wozniacki the following day 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the finals.

Clijsters has previously won the championship in 2002 and 2003. Only Martina Navratilova (8), Steffi Graf (5) and Chris Evert (4) have won more tour championships. Kim is tied with Monica Seles with three titles.

It was a disappointing loss for new world number 1 Wozniacki who could have used a seventh title to help declare her as the rightful owner of the position, rather than the benefactor of Serena William’s injury. While Wozniacki has won more titles than any of the other women on tour, Clijsters has five titles to Caroline’s six, the Dane is yet to break through and claim a Grand Slam, whereas Kim successfully defended her US Open title a few weeks ago.

Clijsters had been ahead 4-1 in the second set and was showing up areas of weakness in Wozniacki’s game, before she had a mid match lapse in concentration which the Dane took advantage of.


“When we started the third set, I said: ‘Okay, this is going to be the last set of the year, give yourself 200 per cent and we’ll see how it ends. But it was a very tough match. I was able to turn it around and just really focus on getting my game back that made me lead in that match until halfway through that second set.”