Nadal, Tsonga win 1st-round matches at Qatar Open

January 3, 2012 - 2:54 PM
Qatar ATP Open Tennis

World number two tennis player Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber during the Qatar ATP Open Tennis tournament in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday Jan. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga opened their season Tuesday with three-set victories at the Qatar Open.

The second-ranked Nadal beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3. Sixth-ranked Tsonga beat Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-1.

Nadal has struggled with a sore left shoulder since the end of last season. The Spaniard looked headed for a routine victory against Kohlschreiber, but the 43rd-ranked German stepped up his net play in the second set and jumped to a 4-1 lead before evening the match. Kohlschreiber went up a break in the third but Nadal broke back and took control from there.