Doha: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are eyeing a confidence-boosting victory at the season-opening Qatar Open - but much of the talk Monday was swirling around Novak Djokovic who is not here but is already showing signs of the dominance that made him such a force in 2011.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic wrapped up his first title in Abu Dhabi on Saturday and afterward stated that he was feeling better than he did at this time last season. That does not bode well for the second-ranked Nadal and third-ranked Federer who were often on the losing end as the 24-year-old Serb won three Grand Slams on his way to amassing a record of 70 wins and six losses.
Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in the U.S. Open and Wimbledon finals in 2011, said players expect the Serb to dominate again this season.