Qatar Open tennis: Gael Monfils beats Philipp Kohlschreiber, David Ferrer wins
Last Updated: January 2, 2013 10:58pm
Gael Monfils: Coming back from injury
The returning Gael Monfils continued his comeback from a knee injury with a three-set win over third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Qatar Open.
Nikolay Davydenko, who also endured an injury-hit 2012, joins Monfils in the quarter-finals after beating fellow Russian Mikhail Youzhny, while top seed David Ferrer also made it into the last eight.
Frenchman Monfils is down at number 77 in the world rankings after suffering a knee injury, but his comeback tournament in Qatar is still going well after his 6-4 2-6 6-4 victory.
The 26-year-old managed to get through a solid two-hour examination on court to book a last eight tie with German qualifier Daniel Brands that offers a superb chance of making the semis.
"I didn't know what to expect, but I produced good tennis," said Monfils, "I am physically a hundred percent. My knee is fine, and I moved well and I ran fast. I am very happy. Tonight I am pleased with my game."
Davydenko, who won in Doha three years ago, defeated fourth-seeded Youzhny 7-5 6-3 as he looks to climb back up the rankings before he retires.
Spaniard Ferrer had few problems in the late match as he cruised to a 6-3 6-2 victory over Germany's Tobias Kamke.
Second seed Richard Gasquet had to come from a set down and 2-5 behind in the final set to finally see-off Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-7 6-4 7-6.
Gasquet missed two set points in the first and was twice on the verge of defeat before he emerged with a hard-fought victory after two hours and 44 minutes.
"When you're losing the first set then you have to fight," Gasquet said. "He's a very good player. I knew he was a good player, so I fight a lot and I am happy to win."