January 2, 2012
Troicki, Bogomolov open with wins
By SPORTS NETWORK
DOHA, QATAR - Fifth seed Viktor Troicki and sixth seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. were among Monday's winners at the season-opening $1.024 million Qatar Open.
The Serbian Troicki got past Czech Lukas Rosol 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while the Russian Bogomolov came back to best Italian Filippo Volandri 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at Khalifa Tennis Complex. The Florida resident and Moscow native Bogomolov had previously played under the American flag on the ATP World Tour since 2002.
Another seeded winner on Day 1 was No. 8 Italian Andreas Seppi, who blew past Poland's Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 6-3.
Other first-round winners were German Benjamin Becker, Spaniard Albert Ramos and Italian Flavio Cipolla.
This week's top seeds are former world No. 1 greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and flashy Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The reigning French Open champion Nadal will open his week against German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday, while the reigning Doha champ and three-time overall winner Federer will encounter former top-five star and 2010 Doha titlist Nikolay Davydenko in a rematch of last year's final here, and Tsonga will take on Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri in the round of 32 on Day 2.
The 16-time Grand Slam titlist Federer closed out 2011 as the hottest player in the world, as he won his last 15 matches on his way to three straight titles, including the prestigious ATP World Tour Finals.
"You can definitely take confidence from the end of the year and sort of just carry it over because you're in a good mindset," Federer said. "You know, you just believe that you're doing the right things on the court. You're not second guessing yourself. From that standpoint, confidence is -- it's a huge part of our, you know, life sometimes as a tennis player."
The 2011 Doha champion will pocket $175,380.