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Nic Ladds 31st Dec 2008 - 1:22

Six of the best hoping to celebrate the new year in style

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are among six super-stars of tennis all hoping to get their seasons off to the perfect winning start, in the inaugural Capitala World Tennis Championship.

This exhibition tournament features six of the world's top ten players in a knock-out format, with the two arch-rivals receiving byes to the semi-finals and the remaining four playing off against each other to join them. The ultimate prize is a cheque for a very cool $250,000 - winner-takes-all.

Not an official stop on the newly-named ATP World Tour, which starts in Brisbane on 4 January, it's being staged at the rather long-winded Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City. The event's main aim is to promote the sport in the UAE, as well as neighbouring countries in the Persian Gulf.

Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Roddick will open proceedings, with the reward being a place in the last-four against world number one Rafael Nadal. Davydenko, five in the world, is nicknamed Iron Man due to the amount of tournaments he plays in a year. In his first match of his first tournament in 2009, he's the odds-on favourite to win at 8/11. A-Rod, eighth in the rankings, is priced as an 11/10 chance to get the better of his controversial Russian opponent.

Following that game is one that will be of massive interest to fans of British tennis - world number four Andy Murray plays James Blake for the chance to face-off with Roger Federer in the other semi-final. We've made Murray the 3/10 favourite in the betting for this match, with Blake - tenth in the ATP rankings - the 5/2 outsider of the pair. If you think the Scottish sensation can show the tennis world he means business in 2009, you can back him to win in straight sets at 4/5. He will relish the chance of another clash with The Fed Express. The two have met six times over the years, and the British number one has beaten his illustrious opponent on four of those occasions - although the two Roger has won were both finals, including the US Open.

All the action gets underway at 11:00 on New Year's Day on Sky Sports, and we'll be covering each and every game of the whole three-day event with both pre-match and betlive markets.

Nikolay Davydenko v Andy Roddick - New Year's Day 11:00

Andy Murray v James Blake - New Year's Day 12:45


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