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Fantasy Leader Rides Novak's Success To Top

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Mikheil Abzianidze© Mikheil AbzianidzeMikheil Abzianidze is a keen tennis fan and picks his favourite player, Novak Djokovic, to win each bracket.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic could be just the reason why Georgia’s Mikheil Abzianidze may attend his first professional tennis match at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

For the first time this season, Abzianidze has played the ATP World Tour Fantasy Draw Challenge Circuit. The competition comes to a climax with the final two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments of the season in Shanghai and Paris, and Abzianidze finds himself in second place on the leaderboard, just three points off the No. 1 spot.

The player who tops the year-long leaderboard at the completion of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris-Bercy will win a VIP trip for two to the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, held at London’s O2 Arena.

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Abzianidze’s winning formula? Picking Novak Djokovic to win every bracket so far. The Serb is Abzianidze’s favourite player and he declares, “I have picked Novak to win every bracket. When most of the players have chosen Rafael Nadal, I have picked Novak. It’s his merit that I am in second place.”

This year Djokovic became the first player to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in one season, triumphing at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, the Mutua Madrid Open, and the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Abzianidze declines to share any more strategies for making his picks, with the competition set to come down to the wire he is playing his cards close to his chest, but confirms it does not take him much time to make his picks. The Tbilisi, Georgia resident began following tennis five years ago and plays regularly. “It would be my biggest wish to watch super tennis matches live; it would be my biggest win ever,” said Abzianidze at the prospect of winning the grand prize.

Even if you have not been playing throughout the year, make sure you sign up for the Shanghai and Paris Draw Challenges as there are still great prizes to be won. If you pick a perfect draw you will instantly win a VIP trip for two to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and finish first at any event and you will win a $500 HEAD gift card.

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