Nadal through to Qatar Open semis

Despite being broken four times, Rafael Nadal has managed to make his way into the Qatar Open semi-finals by beating Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 6-3 5-7 6-4.

Nadal lost his serve on all four break points he faced against the 79th-ranked Kuznetsov on Thursday.

The second-seeded Spaniard broke his opponent’s serve five times in 10 attempts.

Nadal will next play Illya Marchenko in the semi-finals. The Ukrainian, who beat David Ferrer in the first round, defeated seventh-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-3 7-6 (7-3).

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