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Serbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a hard earned win against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco while Rafael Nadal began with a convincing victory over German Florian Mayer at Melbourne Park on Tuesday.

World No.2 Djokovic won 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes to advance to the second round, with the second set alone taking over an hour. Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the match and quickly closed out the opening set.

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Novak Djokovic beat Sir Andy Murray 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 to defend his Qatar ExxonMobil Open title and exact revenge on the World No. 1 tennis star.

In an electrifying final here on Saturday, the Serbian captured his first title since July (Rogers Cup) and showed some of the fiery tennis that helped him dominate the first half of 2016. The 29-year-old frequently encouraged the crowd to back him, lifting his arms and pumping his fist while staring into the stands.

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The top two players in the world - Sir Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic - booked their preordained spots in the final of the Qatar Open after registering highly contrasting wins in the semi-finals.

Murray, the reigning world no.1, eased into the final with a routine 6-3, 6-4 win over veteran Czech Tomas Berdych, who appeared to be struggling with an ankle injury and required treatment during the course of the match.

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The world's top two players, Britain's Sir Andy Murray and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, have advanced to the semi-finals of the Qatar Open tennis tournament.

Murray, the world No. 1, beat Spain's Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 while Djokovic, the defending champion in Doha, took out Czech Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 in tough weather conditions on Thursday.

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Sir Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic officially launched the 2017 ATP World Tour season on Sunday ahead of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. Murray and Djokovic played a game of mini-tennis and posed for photos on a specially-constructed elevated court in front of the Museum of Islamic Art, with the backdrop of the Doha skyline.

“It was amazing with an amazing view,” said Murray. “We are very lucky to go to some of the nicest places in the world and it’s a good way to start the year. Novak and I have played many big matches over the years, competing for the sport’s biggest prizes and hopefully it will be the same this year.”

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Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will stage a free tennis and entertainment spectacular on the eve of the year’s first Grand Slam. A Night with Novak will take place at Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday 11 January and will raise funds for the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which supports quality preschool education for children.

“I’m very proud and excited to host this special event in Melbourne, where I’ve enjoyed such fantastic support for so many years,” Djokovic said. 

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Andy Murray in probably the greatest moment of his illustrious career overcame Novak Djokovic to claim his maiden World Tour Finals crown and end the season as the ATP World No.1. The Brit defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 in a scoreline that belied the ebbs and flows and indeed the sheer tension that underpinned the contest. Murray’s maiden triumph at the season finale made him the 10th No. 1 ranked player to have won the ATP Finals.

Novak Djokovic meanwhile was gunning for his 6th title at this event which would drawn him level with the great Roger Federer. He was also hoping to finish atop the World Rankings for the 3rd year in succession but was denied by Murray who became the 17th player in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings to finish No. 1.

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