PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal wins first title of 2014!

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal won his first title of 2014 by defeating France’s Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. This is Rafa’s first title in his sixth singles appearance at the tournament. With this win, Rafa ushers in his 663rd career win, surpassing the tie he set with Michael Chang yesterday, and also surpasses Andre Agassi’s ATP titles record (whom he was tied with until today) to win his 61st ATP title. This is also the first time that Rafa has won a title before going into the Australian Open.

Given the ease in which Monfils slid his way into the final, and his winning record against Rafa in Doha (which in itself isn’t necessarily a useful statistic or predictor of current performance), the match was much anticipated and promised to be unpredictable. It lived up to expectations. The first set saw Rafa utterly dominating the court and taking just 23 minutes to end at 6-1. The second set started out with Monfils breaking to be up 3-0 before Rafa scored. Rafa broke to even the set, before Monfils took it in the tiebreaker at 7-6(5). The third set saw Rafa gain momentum once again, ending at 6-2. Rafa heads to Melbourne next, where he will attempt his second Australian Open championship victory.

Heartiest congratulations, Rafa! All our best wishes are with you for a season more successful than your last! Vamos!

Photos: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah, AP/Osama Faisal, EFE/EPA/Ali Haider, AFP Marwan Naamani, ar.beinsports.net, QTF/Paul Zimmer

23 comments

  1. WHERE WAS IT BROADCAST?? TENNIS CHANNEL DID NOT EVEN MENTION NADAL FOR QUITE A LONG TIME…DID NOT BROADCAST A SINGLE GAME!! WHAT CHANNEL SHOULD WE WATCH TO SEE THE GAMES?? M. WALLACE.

    • Wallace, go to sportlemon.tv
      There you’ll find every single match you want, and not only tennis !

      Enjoy !

  2. Rebecca asked why Doha was not on any tv channel. Apart from the 4 big ones, the tennis is not even mentioned here in Ireland on the major radio stations sports reports. It is really annoying.Every other sport I can think of is covered. Thanks to Lemonsport and other streams, plus euro sport on my laptop, I manage to follow the tennis worldwide.

    Congratulations Rafa……………Vamos

  3. Primer trofeo, primer tournament del ano, vamos RAFA a por Melbourne ahora, te esperamos aqui…..
    First trophy, first tournament of the year, vamos RAFA go for Melbourne Trophy next, we’re waiting for you here

  4. Congratulations Rafa, starting the year on a high note. This the year if execution, do your best to defend the titles you son in 2013. I am here to support you like the wind underneath your wings. Fly Rafa, vamos

Leave a Reply