Rafael Nadal comes back in Doha: his best results in Qatar

The Spanish tennis player should come back to play soon after the end of the Australian Open

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal comes back in Doha: his best results in Qatar
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Rafael Nadal sees his come back on the court, after the injury at the Brisbane International quarter-final which prevented him from playing the Australian Open 2024. The Spanish champion is in the entry list for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, ATP 250 in Doha, hard-court tournament scheduled from 19 to 24 February 2024, in Qatar.

Nadal took advantage of the protected ranking to be able to participate in the Doha tournament.

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A comforting news for the continuation of the season of the 22-time Slam champion, who came back to the Tour in Brisbane after almost a year away from the tennis courts, but who was forced to stop immediately at the end of the match lost against Jordan Thompson, during which he suffered a muscle micro-tear.

As I wrote at the beginning of the article, the physical problem cost Nadal his participation in the Australian Open and seemed to have compromised the entire first season on hard courts.

Rafael Nadal's results in Qatar

For the Spanish tennis player it would be a return to the Khalifa International Tennis Complex, the club where the ATP 250 in Doha is held, from which Nadal has been missing since 2016.

In the past eight participations, the former ATP No.1 has collected two quarter-finals, two semi-finals and three finals, winning the 2014 edition against Gael Monfils. The Qatari tournament could therefore be a good opportunity to get back into the rhythm of the game and get some matches underway, even if the names of many top players appear in the competition's entry list.

Barring last-minute defections, the defending champion Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov, the British Andy Murray, Alexander Bublik, Lorenzo Sonego and Lorenzo Musetti should be present. The Qatar Open is an ATP 250 men's tennis tournament that has been held annually in Doha since 1993.

It is traditionally held at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in the first week of January and is therefore one of the first tournaments of the year. It was voted by tennis players as the best tournament in the ATP Tour 250 category in 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022.

The record for singles victories is held by Roger Federer, who won the tournament 3 times. Nadal holds the record for doubles victories, with 4 successes.

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