DOHA, Qatar (AP) - Rafael Nadal won his first title of the year by defeating Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2 in an exciting, nearly two-hour final at the Qatar Open on Saturday.
Nadal dominated the first set, taking it in just 23 minutes.
Monfils settled into the match in the second set, initially taking a 3-0 lead. Although Nadal recouped the service break in the seventh game when Monfils netted a backhand, he couldn't bypass the Frenchman in the tiebreaker.
In the third set, Nadal broke Monfils in the fourth game when the Frenchman shipped two forehands long from 30-30.
He capped off his win by breaking serve again on a second match point in the final game when Monfils sailed a forehand long.