Nole’s tournament schedule for first three months in 2013

After fantastic ten months and 17 tournaments played, World no.1 is on a two-week holiday.

Nole will open new season in UAE, at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the exhibition bringing the world’s top players to Abu Dhabi.

Last year he won the event on his debut, beating Gael Monfils, Roger Federer and David Ferrer.

The championship features strong line-up with six of the top nine ranked players in the world taking part. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsarevic will contend for the title at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City (December 27-29).

Novak will then team up with Ana Ivanovic to represent Serbia at the 2013 Hyundai Hopman Cup, a traditional warm-up competition leading into the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old will be making his fourth appearance at the international mixed team event, to be staged at the new Perth Arena from December 29, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

The first Grand Slam of the season – the Australian Open, begins on Monday, January 14, at Melbourne Park.

Novak is a defending champion. He defeated Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in one of the most epic Grand Slam finals in tennis history. It was the longest men’s Grand Slam final and the longest-ever match at the Australian Open (5 hours and 53 minutes).

Nole’s tournament schedule until April 2013:

14.01. Australian Open (Melbourne, Australia)
Category: Grand Slam
Surface: Hard
Nole in Melbourne 2012: Title (2000 pts)

01.02. Davis Cup (Charleroi, Belgium)
Category: Davis Cup
Surface: Clay
*did not take part in 2012

25.02. Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (Dubai, UAE)
Category: ATP 500
Surface: Hard
Nole in Dubai 2012: Semi-final (180 pts)

04.03. BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells, USA)
Category: ATP 1000
Surface: Hard
Nole in Indian Wells 2012: Semi-final (360 pts)

18.03. Sony Open Tennis (Miami, USA)
Category: ATP 1000
Surface: Hard
Nole in Miami 2012: Title (1000 pts)

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