What a great way to start the year. Rafael Nadal won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, his first tournament of 2014, beating Gael Monfils in three sets in the final. He cements his position as world #1, adding 250 points to his current total and slightly increasing his lead over #2 Novak Djokovic. This win, on a hard court surface, should help Rafa's confidence as he heads into the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament.
Doha marks Nadal's 61st singles title, moving him to the 8th spot in the list of ATP tour titles won in the Open era. He is only three titles behind Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg now so there is a chance for Rafa to move to solo 5th in the list by the end of the year.