International Sports Desk, Dec 31 (EFE).- Spain's Rafael Nadal, the world No. 1, officially made his debut in the new tennis season on Tuesday, beating the Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
The match provided an opportunity for Nadal to get some payback against Rosol, who beat the Spanish star in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012 6-7 (9-11), 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in their only previous meeting.
The 27-year-old Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slam titles, needed one hour and 43 minutes to beat Rosol in the first round at Doha.
The Spanish star's opponent in the second round will be Germany's Tobias Kamke.
Nadal has been a finalist in Doha in 2005, 2009 and 2011, but he has never won the title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.
Nadal's loss to Rosol at Wimbledon last year was the start of a nightmare.
The Spaniard's loss at Wimbledon last year was followed by a seven-month absence from the ATP Tour due to a knee injury.
The 28-year-old Rosol, the world No. 47, stayed even with Nadal until the 5th game of the first set, when he was broken.
The Spanish star, who has not lost his season-opening match since 2004 and has set the goal of winning next month's Australian Open, had to fight off Rosol in the second set tiebreaker.