Ferrer, Gasquet, Monfils reach Doha quarters

Updated: January 2, 2013

Top seed David Ferrer, world No. 10 Richard Gasquet and last year’s runner-up Gael Monfils secured berths in the quarterfinals at the season-opening Qatar Open, a $1.05 million Australian Open tune-up.

The world No. 5 Ferrer, who led the ATP with seven titles and 76 match wins
last year, blew past German qualifier Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2 in 79 minutes on
the hardcourts at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex.

Ferrer’s quarterfinal opponent on Thursday will be Italian Paolo Lorenzi.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded Gasquet outlasted game Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-7
(7-9), 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) in 2 hours, 44 minutes, while Monfils knocked out third-
seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in just over two hours.
Zemlja swatted 17 aces in a losing effort against Gasquet. Monfils improved to
8-1 lifetime versus Kohlschreiber.

The two-time Doha finalist Monfils was last year’s Qatar Open runner-up to
compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Up next for Gasquet will be Slovak Lukas Lacko, while Monfils will face German
qualifier Daniel Brands in the round of eight.

In other second-round action involving seeds, former top-five Russian
Nikolay Davydenko handled fourth-seeded fellow countryman Mikhail Youzhny 7-5,
6-3 and Lacko upended sixth-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5. Davydenko
titled here in 2010 and was the 2011 runner-up.

Also on Day 3, Brands came back to beat Egyptian wild card Mohamed Safwat
4-6, 6-3, 6-2, Italian Simone Bolelli overcame Pole Lukasz Kubot 2-6, 6-4,
6-4, and Italian Paolo Lorenzi topped Czech Lukas Rosol 6-0, 6-4. Bolelli will
face Davydenko on Thursday.