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Murray and Djokovic shape up for potential Doha clash

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 00:54

Novak Djokovic and world number one Andy Murray gear up for Qatar Open.

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Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray gear up for Qatar Open. SHOWS: DOHA, QATAR (JANUARY 2, 2017) (UCOM - SEE ABOVE FOR FULL RESTRICTIONS) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS PLAYER AND WORLD NUMBER ONE, ANDY MURRAY, SAYING: "Yeah, well, you know, obviously we've played many big matches over the years and Slams, played at the Olympics and obviously the match at the end of last year for the number one ranking. So, we've competed against each other many times for the biggest prizes and hopefully it'll be the same this year." 2. DJOKOVIC AND MURRAY HOLDING QATAR OPEN TROPHY 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TENNIS PLAYER, NOVAK DJOKOVIC, SAYING: "Andy has had an incredible 2016 and especially the second part of the year and definitely deserved to be crowned as number one in the world in the end and it's great to have him on the tournament, Rafa (Nadal) was here last year. This tournament, the Qatar Open, has always attracted top players of the world. I mean, I think they have been voted as best tournament in this category for many years." STORY: Novak Djokovic came back from 5-1 down in the first set against Jan-Lennard Struff to ensure he had a winning start to 2017 on Monday (January 2). The Serbian took on the world number 63 Struff in the first round of the Qatar Open and was looking to set out a marker for the start of the year after his split with former coach Boris Becker. But he got off to a bad start with Struff twice serving for the first set before Djokovic showed his class by coming back to win 7-6. He then took the second set 6-3. The Serb, who claimed the 2016 Qatar Open with a dominating final win over Rafa Nadal, could be on course to face world number one Andy Murray. The Wimbledon champion begins his campaign against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday (January 3). In the lead up to the tournament both Murray and Djokovic held the Qatar Open trophy together. Djokovic said that his Scottish rival deserved to be ranked as the current best player in the world. "Andy has had an incredible 2016 and especially the second part of the year and definitely deserved to be crowned as number one in the world in the end and it's great to have him on the tournament, Rafa (Nadal) was here last year. This tournament, the Qatar Open, has always attracted top players of the world. I mean, I think they have been voted as best tournament in this category for many years," he said. The pair have played each other in numerous finals, including at all four majors. Murray said he hope their rivalry continues into 2017. "Yeah, well, you know, obviously we've played many big matches over the years and Slams, played at the Olympics and obviously the match at the end of last year for the number one ranking. So, we've competed against each other many times for the biggest prizes and hopefully it'll be the same this year," he said.

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Murray and Djokovic shape up for potential Doha clash

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 00:54