Gasquet and Davydenko into final
Richard Gasquet and Nikolay Davydenko will battle it out for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open title after progressing through their last-four matches.
Second seed Gasquet saved all three break points he faced to beat German qualifier Daniel Brands 7-5 7-5 in one hour 38 minutes, while Russian Davydenko beat world number five David Ferrer 6-2 6-3.
When asked whether he could break into the top five of the ATP rankings, Gasquet said: "I will try to do my best. I don't know what I can do this year. But in every match, I will try to fight, I will try to prepare better (for the) Grand Slams and win some tournaments. To start in Doha (by reaching) the final is important.
Davydenko has not dropped a set en route to the final and Ferrer was in no doubt about who deserved to progress.
"He played better than me all the time," said Ferrer, who will next compete at the Heineken Open in Auckland. "He served better. He received better. He was better.
"I didn't have any chances in the match. Davydenko is a very good player. He was top 10 a long time."
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