The 2014 ATP World tennis tour re-commences for its new season later today and the main focus will be on the Doha Open with a number of top players involved.
Andy Murray plays his first tournament on the world tour since September after missing the last few months with a back injury.
Other leading names involved include Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet as they prepare for the season’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which begins in a fortnight’s time.
Andy Murray’s Return
It’s been a busy few weeks for Murray as he returns to full fitness following an operation on his back, not to mention winning the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award two weeks ago.
The 26-year-old’s last significant match was his quarter-final defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka in the US Open although he did return Great Britain in the Davis Cup event in Croatia the following week.
It’s the Scot’s first appearance in Doha for five years, preferring to prepare for the Australian Open in the concurrent Brisbane International Tournament.
The world number four faces local wildcard entry Mousa Zayed in his first round match on Tuesday and is expected to breeze through the opening round.
Eighth seed Fernando Verdasco is the other seed in Murray’s quarter of the draw and the pair could meet in the last eight later in the week.
In terms of tournament outright betting, Murray is priced at 7/2 with Stan James.
World number one Rafael Nadal had one of the best seasons of his life in 2013, the highlights being his French and US Open triumphs.
He’s the pre-tournament favourite for the Qatar Masters crown and is best priced with Coral at 6/5 to win Sunday’s final. The Spaniard faces world number 44 Czech player Lukas Rosol in the first round.
Also in Nadal’s half of the draw is fourth seed Tomas Berdych who is up against Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the first round. The best odds on Berdych winning the tournament are currently provided by Stan James at 14/1.
Third seed David Ferrer plays Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round and is currently priced at 12/1 with Bet Victor.
Defending champion Richard Gasquet, who beat Nikolay Davydenko in the final last year, is the only other player with a chance of challenging for the title and Ladbrokes offer the best odds of 20/1.
Live coverage of the Qatar Open is available all week on British Eurosport.
Chennai Open & Brisbane International
Also taking place this week is the Chennai Open in India, a tournament selected by the likes of Stanislas Wawrinka and Mikhail Youzhny to warm up for Australia in.
Swiss Wawrinka is priced as favourite for the tournament winner, with Coral offering the best odds of 6/4.
The Brisbane International also takes place this week, with Roger Federer being the only notable player involved in that event.
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