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Djokovic, Nadal Game for Qatar Open

Oladipo Okubanjo


Tennis aficionados are in for some high-adrenaline action as pros of the circuit start this year’s campaign with season-opener Qatar Open in Doha on Monday (today).
The six-day hard-court Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) event, that carries a combined purse of $1,283,855, has been decorated with an array of stars. Leading the fray is World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
“I am looking forward to playing here. This is my second outing in Doha and it’s a perfect start to the season with great line-up of players,” said the Serbian on Sunday.
Djokovic, who landed on the Arabian soil early on Wednesday, would be expecting keen contest from Spaniards Rafael Nadal, who is currently ranked No.5, and 33-year-old defending champion David Ferrer, currently No.7.
While Nadal would be looking forward to get back into the groove that saw him win the 2014 edition, countryman Ferrer is banking on fine momentum that saw him clinch the Vienna Open, overpowering Fabio Fognini, Gael Monfils and Steve Johnson in October thereby pushing his unbeaten run to 5-0.
The event has assumed significance for the 29-year-old Nadal, who started 2015 as the defending champion here, but suffered a shocking three-set defeat to Michael Berrer in the first round.

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