World number one Rafael Nadal survived a second-set wobble to beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 to win the Qatar Open in Doha.
The Spaniard was in inspired form in the opening set, taking it in just 23 minutes.
But although Monfils led 3-0 in the second set, Nadal fought back before the Frenchman edged the tie-break.
Monfils was then broken at 1-2 in the decider and Nadal held on to win his 61st career title.
“Every victory is important and the title today means a lot to me. It is the first time in my career that I am able to start the season with a victory. That’s always important,” he said.
Sourced from the BBC.