Novak will open new season in UAE, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the exhibition bringing the world’s top players to Abu Dhabi.
The tournament features strong line-up with six of the top nine ranked players taking part. Nole, Murray, Rafa, Ferrer, Berdych and Tipsarevic will contend for the title at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City (December 27-29).
No.1 seed received a BYE to the last four, and will face the winner of the match between David Ferrer (ESP, 4) and Tomas Berdych (CZE,5) on the second day of the championship at 15.00 local time (12.00 noon CET).
The second semi-final will see second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal (ESP) take on either Andy Murray (GBR, 3) or Janko Tipsarevic (SRB, 6).
Final match will take place on Saturday, December 29, at 17.00 local time (14.00 CET).
A third-place play-off will be held before the final, at 15.00 local time (12.00 noon CET).
Nole won the event last year beating Gael Monfils (6-2, 4-6, 6-2), Roger Federer (6-2, 6-1) and David Ferrer (6-2, 6-1).