Rafael Nadal lifts first title of 2014, beats Gael Monfils to win Qatar Open

Rafael Nadal took close to two hours to go past Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win in Doha.

updated: January 05, 2014 09:46 IST
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Doha: Rafael Nadal at last made a title-winning start to a year when he held off Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday.

It was world number one Nadal's 61st career title and took him to eighth on the all-time list, passing Andre Agassi.

"I never had the chance to win here before. I had match points against Davydenko in the final a few years back," said Nadal, who was runner-up to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in 2010.

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