Tennis: Nadal's atonement brings New Year resolution
DOHA (AFP) - World number one Rafael Nadal celebrated the New Year with a long-awaited atonement and a resolution to win a uniquely elusive title.
The top-seeded Spaniard's 6-2, 7-6 (9/7) win against Lukas Rosol, a Czech who upset him sensationally in the second round of Wimbledon 2012, carried him into the second round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
This is the only ATP World Tour tournament which Nadal has failed in five attempts to win. Nadal insisted, however, revenge was far from his mind despite celebrating the win with an extravagant air punch.
"I never take revenge," he said. "Thinking about revenge is a bad way to start a match, in my opinion.