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I forget to mention. Amid off the post-Australian Open hubbub, Serb Novak Djokovic leaped to a new career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world.

Djokovic last a tough match in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but he did play well for much of the Australian Open until that fateful showdown with the Frenchman. I just hope Novak and his team can take care of whatever ailments he had as No. 1 is now within reach.

Roger Federer was the big winner beating Andy Murray. Poor Rafael Nadal who had to retire in the quarterfinals to the Scot with another case of bad knees. Like Novak, I hope that the Spaniard can get his health right once and for all.

Congrats also to Serena Williams for her win over Justine Henin. Serena’s looking really fit and good this year. I wonder if Justine will beat her!

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal appear to be on a much-anticipated early-season collision course in Doha this week as players begin their Australian Open preperation.

The two titans of tennis have rolled through the first two rounds of an otherwise top-heavy Doha draw. But things should get more interesting in the latter rounds as Federer now faces Ernests Gulbis and then maybe Nikolay Davydenko.

Nadal should have easier time with Steve Darcis tomorrow. But all eyes will be on a potential showdown come Saturday. What a match that would be to begin the new season.

In Brisbane, Andy Roddick is still alive but the real story is the return of one Justin Henin. The 27-year-old Henin has enjoyed two straight sets wins in her comeback – one over Top 10 Nadia Petrova – and all bets are she’ll meet her Belgian countrywoman Kim Clijsters in the finale. At least that’s what I think.

So right off the bat we may very have a couple compelling finales to begin this new decade!

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Can you believe, the 2010 pro tennis season is starting in just about a week. The year kicks off with events in Abu Dhabi – an exo! – plus the Hopman Cup, Brisbane, Doha and I’m sure I left another out.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi. I know Andy Roddick, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are signed up for Brisbane, so that should be quite the event.

As for the off season, I guess not much of one if you are a top tennis player. Unlike his peers, Roddick actually had a few months off. I know he banged up his left knee in Shanghai, but consider the guy’s season ended in mid-October so he should be fresh for the upcoming New Year.

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