The best Serbian tennis player will not defend his Qatar ExxonMobil Open title. Novak has pulled out of January's Australian Open warm-up event in Doha, as the situation with his elbow has not changed for better since yesterday when he was forced to withdraw from Abu Dhabi exhibition.
Novak is no.2 seed and will open his title defence campaign against Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP #63). It will be their first career meeting.
Novak is no.1 seed and will open his campaign against fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic, ranked no.69. It will be their first career encounter.