Rafael Nadal, playing with fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, lost his opening doubles match in Doha to Teymuraz Gabashvili and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-7(4), 6-4, 11-9.
UPDATED: Per Andy Taylor’s blog post, Rafa and Fernando were in-control after stealing the first set in a tie-break under annoyingly windy conditions. In fact, they even went up a break in the second, but “Gabashvinolas” broke right back; then broke again to go up 5-4. They would serve out the set. Down a mini-break in the match tie-break, “Teymuramos” battled back to eliminate the other Spanish southpaws 11-9.