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Gasquet beats Davydenko in Doha final

France’s Richard Gasquet kisses his trophy after he won the final against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia at the Qatar Open in Doha. — Reuters picFrance’s Richard Gasquet kisses his trophy after he won the final against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia at the Qatar Open in Doha. — Reuters picDOHA, Jan 6 — Frenchman Richard Gasquet battled back from a set and a break down to deprive Russian Nikolay Davydenko of his second Doha title last night, winning 3-6 7-6 6-3. 

Davydenko, striving to recapture the form that took him to world No.3 in 2006, seemed set for his first tournament win since 2011 but Gasquet hit back from 4-2 down in the second set to claw his way to an eighth ATP title. 

After taking the second set tiebreak 7-4, second seeded Gasquet gained the upper hand and broke the 31-year-old's serve three times in the deciding set. 

World number 10 Gasquet joins fellow Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro, Nicolas Escude and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as winners of the title that Davydenko captured in 2010, when he beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal back to back. — Reuters