"Rafael Nadal had to come back from a set behind to reach the second round of the Dubai championship, eventually beating German 12th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 earlier today in a match lasting two hours, 22 minutes.But he fared better than top seed and world number one Roger Federer, who was beaten by Scotland's Jamie Murray yesterday.
And the result augurs well for Spain, who face Germany in the quarter finals of the Davis Cup in Bremen on the 11-13th April, after two previous victories this week for Spanish players against German opposition - in their respective first round matches yesterday, Fernando Verdasco and David Ferrer chalked up victories against German pair Rainer Schuetler and Tommy Haas.
Nadal, who went out in the second round of his last competition - the Rotterdam Open - two weeks ago, next faces Russian qualifier Mijail Ledvoskikh, who beat local favourite Mahoud Nader 6-1, 6-1 to book his passage."
Sorry for starting a new thread. Found the mental image of Jamie whipping Federer quite funny, though.