(January 5, 2013) Richard Gasquet came back from a set and 2-4 down to win the Qatar Open over beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 for his eighth career title on Saturday.
“I’m really happy with the way I won,” he said. “I’m confident. When you’re winning a tournament like that, it’s perfect. I played a lot, so for sure I will be ready for Melbourne.
“I’m really happy with the way I played and fought. He was playing fast in the first set. I just try to keep focused and to fight a lot, and I did it. I’m really happy with the way I won. It’s important for me to win the final.
“I think I was a little bit fresher than him in the third set, but he was playing so fast [that] he could break me in the second game in the third [set], so [anything] could happen. He could win, too. We were so close together, so it was a big match, a big fight.”
Davydenko had to call for a medical time out in the third set for treatment on his hip.
“I tried to concentrate, but I did some mistakes and alre