03 January 2017
Andy Murray, World No. 1 from United Kingdom beat Jeremy Chardy from France in straight sets in first round of singles at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex Doha. Andy Murray secured 6-0, 7-6 victory, breezing through the first set in just 20 minutes before the Frenchman rallied in the second.
The last time Murray was beaten was back in September 2016 by Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro in the Davis Cup, more than 100 days ago. During his unbeaten run he has won five consecutive titles and snatched the world’s number one spot from Novak Djokovic. Murray is the number one seed in Doha and Djokovic, the defending Qatar Open champion, is number two.
Emir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad AlThani attended this evening part of the first round of Qatar ExxonMobil Open Men’s Tennis. Present on the occasion were Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser AlThani, Prime Minister & Interior Minister of Qatar, Sheikhs, Nasser AlKhater, Assistant Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC), Alistair Routledge, President and General Manager for ExxonMobil Qatar and a number of guests.
Emir of Qatar and top officials watched Mubarak Shannan (Qatar) and Karen Khachanov (Russian) match, won by Khachanov by 2-0.
Gerald Melzer from Australia beat Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-2 this evening.
It is expected World two top players Andy Murray and Djokovick will meet in a mouthwatering final on January 7.