Doha: The draw

QTF/Paul Zimmer

QTF/Paul Zimmer

Doha is always a little confusing stats wise because sometimes it starts at the beginning of a new year but occasionally it straddles the end of one and the start of another year. Rafa won the tournament in 2013, which was actually in 2014, confusing, no? This year we are well into 2016 for the start of Doha with Rafa having already won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

In 2015, Rafa went out in the first round of Doha to Michael Berrer; shades of 2015 to come, but he and his good friend, the forever shirtless (not complaining) Pico Monaco, won the doubles title. Rafa has done well in Doha doubles in the past winning four times (twice with Marc! Lopez) and is partnering with Fernando Verdasco this year.

In the singles draw, Rafa is seeded second so cannot meet Novak till the final (should either of them get that far, of course). His first opponent is Pablo Carreno Busta. They have played each other only once in Rio de Janeiro last year with Rafa winning 7-5 6-3.

Rafa and Verdasco’s first doubles match is Monday. They play Gabashvili/Ramos-Vinolas in the first match of the day.

The Doha singles draw is here; while the doubles draw can be found here.

sia

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5 Responses

  1. beachfan says:

    Miri, As always, thanks for the background! When I looked at the live rankings, they show Rafa not gaining any points in the event he wins Doha. Is this wrong or am I missing something? Every point counts.

  2. sia says:

    beach fan, I think its because Rafa already has two 250 wins from last year … so that’s his limit for countable tournaments at that level. If he doesn’t play or loses in either, then perhaps his points from Doha (should he in fact gain some), would then count.

  3. beachfan says:

    Thanks so much. I thought that there must be a reason.

  4. sia says:

    You are very welcome beachfan :)