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Gasquet beats Davydenko to win Qatar Open

World No.10 Richard Gasquet defeated Nikolay Davydenko in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha on Saturday.

The second-seeded Frenchman snatched an improbable 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory over the unseeded Russian, who led by a set and a break of serve and seemed to be heading towards a notable triumph when he had points for 5-2 with a double break of serve in the second set.

At that crucial stage Gasquet hung in without ever playing his best tennis, and after Davydenko needed an injury time out in a final set during which he also appeared to tire, Gasquet surged through to the eighth title of his career.

"This is a big success for me, and it was very tough," Gasquet of the two-and-a-half hour struggle.

"Nikolay was tired and I fought as much as I could. It was a good win against him because he plays so fast."

Davydenko, who has slipped to No.44 in the world rankings after two injury-hit years, was thrilled with his performances in Doha.


"I am proud of my tennis, but disappointed in my physical condition," said Davydenko.

"But I shall work in the next week to get it as good as I can," he added, referring to his hopes of doing well at the Australian Open starting on Monday week.

Davydenko scored excellent wins over David Ferrer, the top-seeded Spaniard, and Mikhail Youzhny, his fourth-seeded compatriot, in Qatar.

Gasquet, meanwhile, will take a break instead of competing in Sydney next week, preferring to rest a sore elbow in time for the Melbourne grand slam event.