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DOHA - Roger Federer will begin his bid to regain the world number one position from Rafael Nadal when the 2009 men's tennis circuit restarts at next week's Qatar Open from Monday.
The opening week of the ATP World Tour could see the two great rivals meet for the first time since their sensational Wimbledon final six months ago.
That four-hour, 45 minute epic was won 9-7 in the final set by Nadal, though it was Federer who produced the most memorable quote.
"From my point of view many people left feeling sorry for me instead of being happy for Rafa - which hurts," he said.
An ATP poll of 65000 people recently showed that 44 percent believe Federer will regain the top spot he held for a record 237 weeks, and the Doha event could indicate whether they are right.
Against that, 34 percent thought Nadal would go on to become the first left-hander to finish world number one in back-to-back years since John McEnroe in 1981-84.
Last year the muscular Spaniard won the most titles (eight) and the most matches (82), and also led the ATP Tour in more technical but extremely revealing statistics - most points won returning first serve, most points won returning second serve, and most games won while returning serve.
And Nadal is still only 22. This suggests he may not yet have reached his peak and should have more years left at the highest level than his 27-year-old rival.
Some people paint an even gloomier future for Federer, believing the loss of two grand slam titles in 2008, plus the failure to win any Masters Series, and a defeat at the Olympics indicate psychological and physical decline.
Compelling though the rivalry is between two of the great players of all time, it would be unwise to overlook the presence in Doha of someone who has beaten both.
Some see Andy Murray, the impressively rising 21-year-old from Scotland, as their greatest threat.
Murray is the only player apart from Nadal with a superior head-to-head record against Federer, and he may also be spurred on by being next week's defending champion.
More likely though, the young world number four will focus on his Middle East fortnight as a means to refine his match fitness and tactical sophistication to a level where winning his first major becomes extremely possible - and perhaps as soon as February 1 in Melbourne.
Federer and Nadal have both indicated they think Murray is capable of this, while Pete Sampras, who still holds the record of 14 grand slam titles, has suggested that the versatile Briton is already good enough to win a grand slam title this year. - Sapa-AFP