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International Sports Desk, Dec 30 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal, the world No. 1, teamed up with his coach, Francisco Roig, to beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar and Czech Lukasz Rosol 6-3, 2-6, 10-4 in doubles Monday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
The Nadal-Roig team took the first set in 28 minutes, lost the second set in 20 minutes and won the tiebreaker 10-4, wrapping up the match in one hour.
The 45-year-old Roig coaches Nadal when the Spanish star's official coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, is not available.
The world No. 1 will make his singles debut Tuesday against Rosol, the world No. 47.
Nadal was bounced out in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 by Rosol in their only meeting.
In other action, Czech Tomas Berdych, the No. 4 seed, lost in his first outing at the tournament.
Big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic defeated Berdych 7-6, 7-6 in one hour and 45 minutes.
There were no service breaks in the match, which was decided in tiebreakers.
Spain's Fernando Verdasco, the No. 8 seed, beat Italy's Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-3.
Poland's Lukasz Kubot beat Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-3, while France's Gael Monfils defeated Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.