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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Early exit for Ferrer at Qatar tennis open; Nadal advances

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Following a surprise defeat, World No. 7 David Ferrer has failed to advance past the first round of the 2016 Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

The defending champion lost yesterday to Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine 7-6, 3-6, 2-6 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.

This was a huge win for Marchenko, who is ranked World No. 94 and has never beaten anyone in the top 10, according to AFP.

During a press conference yesterday, Ferrer said of his competitor:

“He was better than me all the match. From the first set, he deserved (to) win the match. I didn’t play obviously my game. I didn’t serve good. Second and third set, he was more aggressive than me. I didn’t found the key for comeback the game.”

Nadal moves forward

Ferrer’s exit is reminiscent of Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal’s defeat during the first round of the tennis open in Qatar last year, after winning the title in 2014.

However, this time around, World No. 5 Nadal won three sets against Pablo Carreno Busta, also of Spain.

Other top players, including World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, also advanced in the first round this week.

Despite the chilly weather, fans around Qatar, including the Emir, seem to be enjoying the matches:

Do you plan to check out the tournament? Thoughts?

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