Doha, Qatar (SportsNetwork.com) - Tomas Berdych came up a season-opening loser
Monday at the $1 million Qatar Open.
Towering Croat Ivo Karlovic outslugged the fourth-seeded former Wimbledon
runner-up Berdych 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4) on the hardcourts at Khalifa
International Tennis and Squash Complex. The 6-foot-10 Karlovic fired 24 aces
in the 1-hour, 47-minute affair.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco avoided an
upset by whipping Italian Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-3.
Also on Monday, oft-injured former top-10 Frenchman and two-time Doha runner-
up Gael Monfils topped Colombian Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 and Pole
Lukasz Kubot bested Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-3 at this Australian
This week's top seeds are world No. 1 superstar Rafael Nadal, French Open
runner-up David Ferrer and Wimbledon champion and two-time Doha titlist Andy
Murray. Nadal was a Doha runner-up in 2010.
Richard Gasquet, seeded fifth this week, defeated 2010 champion Nikolay
Davydenko in last year's Doha finale. Davydenko was also a runner-up here in
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