Nadal Headed For Quarterfinals in Qatar

After outlasting 2013 Wimbledon winner Andy Murray, who lost his 2nd-round match on Wednesday, it’s not hard to see why Nadal is tennis’ top dog:

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who finished runner-up four years ago at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, will play seventh seed Ernests Gulbis in the Doha quarter-finals. Nadal was forced to work hard to beat Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3 on Wednesday night. ‘He’s a player you don’t want to meet because he hits every ball very hard with a very strong serve, first and second serve,’ Nadal said of Gulbis. ‘Then he hits every ball very, very, very fast from the baseline, forehand/backhand, so he’s a difficult player to play against.’