week of January 10, 2015

David Ferrer wins Qatar ExxonMobil Open singles title

Yasmine Bendjoudi

Spain’s David Ferrer defeated Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic (6- 4, 7-5) in the final of the 2015 Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Saturday evening. The current world number 10 in ATP rankings put on a disciplined performance to take his 22nd ATP Tour title in a little over 90 minutes of play. Ferrer came out on top in the first set after Berdych pressed on to level the game with two break points at 5-4 but failed to catch up with his opponent’s double break lead. Following an exchange of breaks in the second set, the Spanish ace dashed Berdych’s hopes once and for all when he secured the ultimate break for 6-5. “I am very happy. I put in hard work this preseason. It’s special winning this tournament.” The newly crowned champion spoke of his delight on winning the tournament for the first time following the game.

Handed the trophy on court by football star David Beckham before a full house of excited tennis fans, Ferrer is the second Spanish champion to take the Doha title in two years after Rafael Nadal’s win last year against France’s Gael Monfils. The doubles final held earlier in the tournament also saw an all-Spanish victory this year as Nadal and partner Juan Monaco prevailed over Austrians Julian Knowle and Phillip Oswad (6-3, 6-4).

Find out more about this year’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open tournament on the Qatar Tennis and ATP websites
See more photos of the final on Doha News



Photo: Qatar Tennis