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Nadal, Federer Cruise in Doha; Henin and Monfils Win in Brisbane

There are several simultaneous tournaments taking place this week, so I will try my best to keep you all up to speed.

First off, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seem like they may be heading for a battle in the final, as they both easily won today and look to be in good form. Federer defeated Evgeny Korolev 6-2, 6-4 and thus secured himself a quarterfinal berth. Federer broke Korolev three times in the first set and was able to easily take the victory in 63 minutes. He will next face Ernests Gulbis, whom he has never previously played. Similarly to Federer, Nadal had an easy 6-2, 6-2 win over Potito Starace. Nadal has yet to reach the semifinals in Doha, but will do so for the first time if he can defeat his next opponent, Steve Darcis. Third seeded Nikolay Davydenko, fifth seeded Viktor Troicki, and seventh seeded Ivo Karlovic also advanced to the quarters.

In Brisbane, Justine Henin almost saw her comeback come to an abrupt halt as she trailed qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva 0-2. Henin, however, was able to up her game and win the match 6-4, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal match against Melinda Czink. With both her and Kim Clijsters playing well, an all-Belgian final between the two rivals seems increasingly possible. Third seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils had to fight for his 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-1 victory against Florent Serra. According to the Brisbane International tournament website, Monfils has been playing with a shoulder injury, but he was able to win his second round match regardless of the pain. Top seeded Andy Roddick, second seeded Radek Stepanek, and both the men’s and women’s fourth seeds (Tomas Berdych and Daniela Hantuchova) booked their places in the quarterfinals.

In Chennai, second seeded Marin Cilic defeated Marcel Granollers in a tight match 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4. Fourth seeded Janko Tipsarevic also won his second round match over  Somdev Dewarman 6-2, 6-1.

Here are the highlights from today’s matches:

Doha:

Brisbane:

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