Tennis - Gasquet downs Davydenko for Doha title

Frenchman Richard Gasquet battled back from a set and a break down to deprive Russian Nikolay Davydenko of his second Doha title on Saturday, winning 3-6 7-6 6-3.

Tennis - Gasquet downs Davydenko for Doha title

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France's Richard Gasquet kisses his trophy after he won the final against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia

Davydenko, striving to recapture the form that took him to world No.3 in 2006, seemed set for his first tournament win since 2011 but Gasquet hit back from 4-2 down in the second set to claw his way to an eighth ATP title.

After taking the second set tiebreak 7-4, second seeded Gasquet gained the upper hand and broke the 31-year-old's serve three times in the deciding set.

World number 10 Gasquet joins fellow Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro, Nicolas Escude and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as winners of the title that Davydenko captured in 2010, when he beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal back to back.

At ATP Chennai, second seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia made the final after he beat Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene 4-6 6-2 6-2.

Tipsarevic will now face Roberto Bautista of Spain, who beat Benoit Paire 3-6 6-1 6-4 in the other semi-final.

In Brisbane, top seed Andy Murray reached the final of the Brisbane International, where he will meet Grigor Dimitrov.


ATP Doha

2-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) 3-6 7-6(4) 6-3

ATP Chennai

Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat 5-Benoit Paire (France) 3-6 6-1 6-4

2-Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) beat Aljaz Bedene (Slovenia) 4-6 6-2 6-2

ATP Brisbane

1-Andy Murray (Britain) beat 5-Kei Nishikori (Japan) 6-4 2-0 (Nishikori retired)

Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) 6-3 5-7 7-6(5)

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