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DOHA, QATAR – Novak Djokovic looks like he is returning to a state of dominance as we have seen in the past as he returns to Doha fresh from his Mubadala triumph.

 

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Tournament Fast Facts

Level ATP 250
Surface Hard (O)
Singles Draw 32
Doubles Draw 16
Prize Money $1,416,205
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Top seeds Novak Djokovic [1]

Dominic Thiem [2]

Karen Khachanov [3]

Marco Cecchinato [4]

Nikoloz Basilashvili [5]

David Goffin [6]

Roberto Bautista Agut [7]

Fernando Verdasco [8]

Top Half Novak Djokovic [1]

Nikoloz Basilashvili [5]

Karen Khachanov [3]

Roberto Bautista Agut [7]

Bottom Half David Goffin [6]

Marco Cecchinato [4]

Fernando Verdasco [8]

Dominic Thiem [2]

 

 

Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

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[1] Novak Djokovic

Despite running a little out of steam at the ATP Finals, Djokovic has started the year well winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in pretty easy fashion, and has a more than favourable draw at his favoured season opener.

Djokovic can probably be relied upon to coast through his first three opponents, against whom he has barely been troubled in the past. Dominic Thiem’s only victories against Djokovic have been on his more favoured clay so we ought to expect to see two-time champion Djokovic in the final once more.

Djokovic’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Damir Dzumhur
  • R2: Marton Fucsovics
  • QF: Nikoloz Basilashvili [5]
  • SF: Karen Khachanov [3]
  • F: Dominic Thiem [2]

 

[2] Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem in the first round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals 2018, London

Dominic Thiem in the first round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals 2018, London | (GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

It looked to be quite a disappointing run out at Mubadala for the Austrian, but after reaching the semi-final here last year, but he has a difficult start against Pierre-Hugues Herbert who leads their H2H.

Thiem’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Pierre-Hugues Herbert
  • R2: Peter Gojowczyk
  • QF: Fernando Verdasco [8]
  • SF: Marco Cecchinato [4]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1]

 

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[3] Karen Khachanov

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Another one from the Mubadala stable, Khachanov ended his year with a great win at the Paris Masters over the re-emerging Djokovic, but he too has a difficult start against Stan Wawrinka, who beat him on home turf in St Petersburg last year.

Khachanov’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Stan Wawrinka
  • R2: Nicolas Jarry
  • QF: Roberto Bautista Agut [7]
  • SF: Novak Djokovic [1]
  • F: Dominic Thiem [2]

 

[4] Marco Cecchinato

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Apart from springing the surprise win over Djokovic in Roland Garros (before the Serbian had truly returned to form) and a brief flurry of wins at the Shanghai Masters, you really would not put much money on him to make many waves here.

Cecchinato’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: Sergiy Stakhovsky [Q]
  • R2: Guido Pella
  • QF: David Goffin [6]
  • SF: Dominic Thiem [2]
  • F: Novak Djokovic [1]

 

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