Result: Rafael Nadal sees off Lukas Rosol in Qatar

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory over Roger Federer during their semi final match at the ATP World Tour Finals on November 10, 2013
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World number one Rafael Nadal reaches round two of the Qatar Open courtesy of a win over Lukas Rosol.

Rafael Nadal edged beyond Lukas Rosol courtesy of a 6-2 7-6 victory in the first round of the Qatar Open this afternoon.

When these two players last met, Rosol caused a major upset by knocking out the Spaniard at the second-round stage of Wimbledon in 2012.

However, he was unable to repeat that achievement this time around as Nadal wrapped up the first set thanks to two breaks of serve.

The second set was much more evenly contested as Rosol forced Nadal into a tie-breaker. That was also closely fought, but Nadal eventually broke, before serving out for a 9-7 success.

Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol returns a shot to France's Jeremy Chardy during a match at the ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament on October 28, 2013
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3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
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5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
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10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
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12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
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16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210
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