Daniel Nestor of Canada, foreground left, returns the ball while fellow team member Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, foreground right, looks on, during their final doubles tennis match against Spain's Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez.
The Spanish doubles team of Rafael Nadal and Marc López won the Qatar Open with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 victory on Friday in the final over Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Canada's Daniel Nestor.
The one-hour-and-28-minute match was a tight contest throughout, with each side registering two service breaks before the Spaniards eked out a 10-8 victory in the decisive super-tiebreaker.
It was an impressive first-ever tournament victory for the Spanish duo since López is a relative unknown and Nadal, the world's No. 1 singles player, is not known for his doubles prowess, while Zimonjic and Nestor finished last year as the ATP Tour's top-ranked doubles team.
The difference in the end was the low first-serve percentage of Nestor and Zimonjic in the super-tiebreaker, which gave the Spaniards better chances to win points on return.
With the win, Nadal somewhat made up for an early round exit in the singles competition in Doha, a tune-up for this month's Australian Open that gets under way on January 19th.
The 22-year-old Spaniard lost in the quarterfinals on Thursday to France's Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in what was only the second time since last May that he has failed to make at least the semifinal round of an ATP event.