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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1Scotland flag Andy Murray9,390
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,285
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,175
4Serbia Novak Djokovic5,805
5Switzerland Roger Federer5,265
6Croatia Marin Cilic4,235
7Canada Milos Raonic4,150
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,895
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,830
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,075
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12Alexander Zverev3,070
13Belgium David Goffin2,785
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Lucas Pouille2,570
16France Gael Monfils2,545
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,360
18United States Jack Sock2,335
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,155
20Australia Nick Kyrgios2,110
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