Roger Federer Wins Qatar Open

Roger-FedererRoger Federer started his mission to regain the world no.1 ranking with aplomb, defeating Nikolay Davydenko in Saturday’s final at the Qatar Open, 6-3, 6-4.

The victory gave Federer an auspicious start to the new season and a big boost going into the Australian Open, which begins on January 17. It was the third victory in Doha for Federer, who also won the event in 2005 and 2006. Federer, who has fallen to number two in the world behind Rafael Nadal, was elated by his victory. “It does feel great,” he said. “I cant believe the season is under way and I’m already on the board with a title.”

Federer started the final on fire, winning the first three games and coming close to breaking Davydenko’s serve several times as the first set wore on. Davydenko, who demolished top-seeded Nadal in the semifinals, offered more resistance in the second set but Federer was not to be denied.