2015 January Schedules: Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray
by Sean Randall | January 2nd, 2015, 2:38 pm
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As we start another season, here’s a quick look at where some of your favorite men will be playing this month starting with this week’s Abu Dhabi exo.

The ATP season begins in earnest this weekend in Brisbane, Doha and Chennai. It’s nice to see so many top players making themselves available for the start of play.

January 1
Abu Dhabi: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka

January 5
Brisbane: Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic
Doha: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer
Chennai: Stan Wawrinka, David Goffin
Hopman Cup: Andy Murray, John Isner, Fabio Fognini

January 12
Sydney: Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kygios, David Goffin, Bernard Tomic
Auckland: David Ferrer, Ernests Gulbis, Gael Monfils, John Isner
Kooyong Exo: Kei Nishikori, JW Tsonga

By Player:
Federer: Abu Dhabi, Brisbane
Nadal: Abu Dhabi, Doha
Djokovic: Abu Dhabi, Doha
Murray: Abu Dhabi, Hopman Cup

About the only thing that jumps out is Novak Djokovic playing Doha for the first time. I understand Doha can and probably did throw a lot of money at Djokovic, but in the peak of his career why would Djokovic change it up now? Just seems a little odd in the timing to me for him to finally be playing there – and let’s hope he plays Rafa in the final!

Happy New Year! I Hope everyone is ready for another season of fantastic tennis.


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9 Comments for 2015 January Schedules: Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray

Ben Pronin Says:

Federer is playing Brisbane for only the second time after having played Doha for almost all of his career. Murray has jumped back and forth between Brisbane and Doha. Not sure about Nadal, but the point is, what an unnecessary nitpick.


Brando Says:

Federer:

As always the best schedule picker on tour.

Nadal:

Correct picks. Exho for a match and then has to defend at Doha- his traditional event pre AO.

Djokovic:

I really do not get this one at all.

If something ain’t broke- why fix it?

His exho, rest/practise/acclimatise and then AO strategy has worked a treat for years.

To be honest: I think it’s the most ideal way for the top players, if Rafael could pull it off, I would wish him to do the same.

But all of a sudden a change and Doha.

To me it strikes $$$$$ and that’s not good enough reason I think to change what clearly worked for him.

Time will tell, but I think a silly move at this moment in time.


jane Says:

nole has been playing the least amount of events of the top players for a couple years now, for sure, and this seems like a good place to add one, pre-AO. after all, he plays abu dhabi and is in the area anyhow. also, he lost earlier last year, so maybe he thought he needs more play? all the other top players were playing an event, so maybe he thought he’d try it? we’ll see how it pans out.


Wog Boy Says:

Until last year, Nole was playing Abu Dhabi and Hopman cup and that was perfect preparation for Nole, last year he didn’t play Hopman cup and he was undercoocked for AO, since he is not playing Hopman cup again this year, Doha is perfect place to get those few missing matches under his belt, and pick up few points as well. I don’t like him playing Brisbane or Sydney prior AO, last time he did it he lost all of them plus Melbourne (retired against Roddick).


Wog Boy Says:

Speaking about Federer, I am curious to see how this year is going to unfold for him. He entered 2014 very fresh by playing fewer tournaments and matches then ever before in 2013. He is enterring 2015, quite oposite compare to 2014, buy playing more matches and tournaments than any of his main rivals in 2014, that can eaisily backfire in 2015.


Danica Says:

Spot on Jane. Nole should add a few smaller tournaments and adding Doha to his schedule is a perfect touch. Nothing strange or worth thinking over there. He plays the least of all the top guys; if I am not mistaken, only two 500 tournaments and no 250 ones. He can add another trophy there as well as some points.

(Please, take a look at the titles he had last year:
1 GS
1 WTF
4 Masters
1 500 )


jane Says:

that’s true danica; nole hasn’t played a 250 event since 2011, and even then it was only because it was the serbian open. so he can definitely add an event or two.


jane Says:

wog boy, interesting point about fed being fresh at the beginning of 2014, and he said his back was better then too. however, i do think he must’ve got energized from his new partnership with edberg and also felt better with the newer racquet too. so more than just being fresh, i think the new coach and racquet played a role in fed’s strong 2014 season too. i do wonder about his back though. he played dc and the itpl, so he must be feeling alright. hopefully we get to see fed versus one of the young guns at brisbane.

btw, danica, meant to say hello too! haven’t seen you here in ages.


Danica Says:

Thanks Jane ;)
I was sure I was forgotten :). I read the threads from time to time, but rarely comment.

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