Nadal, Djokovic face off ahead of men’s tennis open in Qatar

Drumming up excitement for the opening of the 2016 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia and World No. 5 Rafael Nadal of Spain played a friendly match in a sand court at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) Park yesterday.

Djokovic, who won 11 titles including at the US Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon during the 2015 tournament season, has never won the Qatar tournament, which runs from today, Jan. 4 to Saturday, Jan. 9.

Previous tennis stunts have included Nadal and Roger Federer playing tennis on a “magic carpet” at Souq Waqif in 2010, a court on the water in 2011 and facing off at the Katara Amphitheater amid thousands of lit candles in 2012.

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 2012 / QTF
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