Rafael Nadal stormed into the second round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday after an early scare against Pablo Carreno, while David Ferrer crashed out of the tournament he won last year.
Nadal came from a set down to beat Carreno 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Qatar Open.
Ferrer, the defending champion, struggled throughout his match with Illya Marchenko. The Spaniard lost his serve in the very first game and this set the tone for the rest of the day. He eventually succumbed to Marchenko 7-6, 3-6, 2-6 in a clash that lasted over two hours.
Third-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced by overcoming Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5, 6-4. Despite struggling with his first serve, Berdych was only broken once throughout the entire match.
Teymuraz Gabashvili triumphed over Italy's Simone Bolelli. The Russian recovered well after losing the first set, claiming the second 6-4 and then flying to the finish line, losing only one game in the final stanza.
Paul-Henri Mathieu and Albert Ramos played out a thriller. The match went all three sets and was won by Mathieu when he took the final tiebreak 9-7. Leonardo Mayer made light work of Benjamin Becker. The Argentine only dropped three games in the entire match. Elsewhere, Pablo Andujar beat Paolo Lorenzi 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 and Ricardas Berankis beat Andreas Seppi 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The final match of the day saw Fernando Verdasco square up with Malek Jaziri. It was a tight affair that the experienced Verdasco ended up winning 7-6, 7-6.