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Nadal reaches Doha semis against qualifier

Nadal beats Gulbis to reach Doha semis against German qualifier Gojowczyk

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during the quarter final at ExxonMobil Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament at the Khali...
Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during the quarter final at ExxonMobil Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament at the Khali...

Mideast Qatar ATP Open Tennis

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during the quarter final at ExxonMobil Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament at the Khali...

Mideast Qatar ATP Open Tennis

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during the quarter final at ExxonMobil Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament at the Khali...

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Top-seeded Rafael Nadal is the only seed remaining at the Qatar Open after he beat seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Nadal is often tested by the 24th-ranked Gulbis but has yet to lose a match to the Latvian in seven played.

This match, which was delayed by a two-hour rain delay, marked only the second time Nadal has beaten Gulbis in straight sets. The only other time Nadal beat him in straight sets was also in Doha, in the 2011 quarterfinals.

Nadal is set to play German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. The 162nd-ranked Gojowczyk defeated fellow German qualifier Dustin Brown 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to reach his first career tour semifinal.


Updated : 2021-10-17 04:50 GMT+08:00