Following a surprise defeat, World No. 7 David Ferrer has failed to advance past the first round of the 2016 Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
The defending champion lost yesterday to Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine 7-6, 3-6, 2-6 at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex.
This was a huge win for Marchenko, who is ranked World No. 94 and has never beaten anyone in the top 10, according to AFP.
During a press conference yesterday, Ferrer said of his competitor:
“He was better than me all the match. From the first set, he deserved (to) win the match. I didn’t play obviously my game. I didn’t serve good. Second and third set, he was more aggressive than me. I didn’t found the key for comeback the game.”
Nadal moves forward
However, this time around, World No. 5 Nadal won three sets against Pablo Carreno Busta, also of Spain.
Other top players, including World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, also advanced in the first round this week.
Despite the chilly weather, fans around Qatar, including the Emir, seem to be enjoying the matches:
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Do you plan to check out the tournament? Thoughts?