Rafa Roundup: Nadal and Monaco enjoy double success in Doha



… three-time Doha doubles champion (2005, 2009, 2011) Rafael Nadal paired with Juan Monaco to defeat Simone Bolelli and Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-3. The long-time friends, who last played together when they reached the final in Vina del Mar in February 2013 (l. to Lorenzi-Starace), saved all five break points faced.

“I made the semi-finals of the French Open two times and both times I lost to Rafa. If he wasn’t around I would have a chance normally against some of the other players. But he’s by far the best clay court player of all time. I don’t know if his record on that surface will ever be matched. It’s one of the most incredible records in all of sport.

Christopher Carter then took us on a wild ride using Rafa and David Ferrer (the same two targets who spent a lot of time on stage last year) to light florescent bulbs with their bare-hands and telepathically deliver thoughts to each other. It was quite extraordinary, to tell the truth.

Con mucha solvencia y por un doble 6-3, Nadal y Mónaco (uno de los mejores amigos de Rafa en el circuito) batieron en una hora exacta al dúo formado por el italiano Simone Bolelli y el argentino Leo Mayer. … En el cuadro individual, Nadal, actual campeón del evento de Doha, jugará la primera ronda hacia las 17:00 horas del martes (horario español) ante el zurdo alemán Michael Berrer, número 127 de la ATP, de 34 años y emergido de la fase previa.

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  1. Another positive step on the journey to full match sharpness. Our man will be okay, he’s the best. Vamos Rafaaaaaa

  2. Every match will help Rafa to find his rhythym. No matter it is a single it a double match. Vamos Rafa.

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