Qatar ExxonMobil Open
RESULTS - SATURDAY, 4 JANUARY 2014
Singles - Final
 R Nadal (ESP) d G
Monfils (FRA) 61 67(5) 62
FINAL REVIEW - NADAL TOPS MONFILS FOR 61ST TITLE
seed and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Gael Monfils
in just under two hours to clinch his first Qatar
ExxonMobil Open title.
• It was Nadal’s 61st ATP
World Tour title, passing Andre Agassi for eighth
position on the Open Era title-leaders list.
who has now won titles in 17 different countries,
prevented a potential three-peat of French champions in
Doha, with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga triumphing in 2012 and
Richard Gasquet claiming victory last year.
was bidding for his fifth title in his 20th ATP World
• It was the Frenchman’s third runner-up
finish in Doha (l. to Federer in 2006, l. to Tsonga in
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Nadal: "Every victory is important and
the title today means a lot to me. It is the first time
in my career that I am able to start the season with a
victory. That's always important."
Monfils: "Rafa put pressure on me from
the first point. He was very aggressive from the first
game and it was tougher for me to adjust. It's always
tough to play against him and at the end he was a bit
better than me."