Some articles found in today’s press:
World No 1 Rafael Nadal must have received a jolt at the hands of Andy Murray coming into the Qatar Exxonmobil Open. But the Spanish ace remains unfazed. “You cannot consider it as a major blow. The loss against Murray shouldn’t affect my play here at all. As far as I’m concerned, I have played well but yes, Andy was better there. I would say that the Abu Dhabi tournament was more of a preparation tournament,” asserted Nadal, who meets Qatar Open 2000 champion Fabrice Santoro in his opening match. Nadal played down the talks of his chances in the tournament but warned his rivals that he is in no mood to spare an inch.
Both Nadal and Federer, who also arrived in Doha yesterday rated Murray highly and are very much aware that henceforth, the battle against the Scot won’t be that easy. “Murray has come up a long way. He had couple of good tournaments last year itself and it was a clear indication that he will be a strong contender this year,” felt the World No 1 Nadal, who meets French veteran Fabrice Santoro in this first match.
After insignificant results in an exhibition series in Abu Dhabi last week, the world’s top two players are ready for high-octane stuff as they officially kick-start the ATP Tour season here today.
Doha is set to host world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain and the man he deposed from the top rank last year in August, Roger Federer of Switzerland at the $1.2m Qatar Open.
Abu Dhabi exhibition finalists Andy Murray (champion) and Rafael Nadal (runner-up) are both feeling good heading into their season-opening ATP event in Qatar. Murray is also confident he can beat Nadal again.