Doha QF: Nadal d. Gulbis 7-6, 6-3
Gulbis came with his aggressive play but had an erroneous shot-selection at critical times (what's up with the :retard: drop shots?), partly due to the pressure of Nadal who responds everything, I guess. Rafa was sweating a lot and on one occassion he asked the trainer about it who replied to him he just needed to drink more water (it was during a time off between games, he didn't ask for a medical time-out) but all in all he played a damn good match. Solid ball-striking, amazing passing shots, good movement, 27/11 Winners to Unforced Errors ratio and above all a good mentality to keep it up against a very talented but unstable guy like Ernie.