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Federer, Nadal Kick Off 2010 ATP World Tour In Doha

Doha, Qatar

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal© Crosnier/QTFRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal will go head-to-head in the battle to be crowned 2010 ATP World Tour Champion.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal today played a unique game of tennis on a magic carpet in the Souq Waqif in Doha. The two best tennis players in the world, who have arrived in Doha for one of the first three events of the year, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, entertained the fans in the first ever match on a magic carpet, a timeless literary and legendary feature; the other two ATP World Tour events of the first week of 2010 are the Aircel Chennai Open (India) and the Brisbane International (Australia).

Federer, World No. 1 and reigning ATP World Tour Champion said: “2009 was a memorable year for me on and off the court. I look forward to the new season and it is one of my goals to hold on to the No. 1 ranking position.  It was fun to play Rafa on yet another stage, we have had so many battles on a lot of different courts but this was the first time for anyone to play on a magic carpet!” 

Today marks the start of the 2010 ATP World Tour (including 62 tournaments in 32 countries and culminating with the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London at the end of November) as players start the battle to become the 2010 ATP World Tour Champion.  Federer has been the ATP World Tour Champion five times (2004-07 & ’09) while Nadal was the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion.

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