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ATP Doha 2018 Live Stream: How to watch and bet on the Qatar ExxonMobil Open live online

Live Tennis Staff in ATP 22 Nov 2017
  • Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem spearhead the 2018 Qatar ExxonMobil Open from Doha
  • Djokovic is the two-time defending champion
  • The 2018 Qatar ExxonMobil Open is live from Doha between 1-6 January
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Doha at William Hill
Novak Djokovic (Photo by AK BijuRaj/Getty Images)

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic makes his competitive return to tennis and headlines 2018 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, live from Doha between January 1-6.

Watch and bet on ATP Doha 2018 live online at William Hill.

ATP Doha Tournament Schedule

ATP Doha schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
01 Jan 2018 08:00R1Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
02 Jan 2018 08:00R1Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
03 Jan 2018 08:00R2Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
04 Jan 2018 08:00QFsKhalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
05 Jan 2018 11:00SFsKhalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
06 Jan 2018 15:00FinalKhalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex

Who is playing ATP Doha in 2018?

One of three ATP tournaments in the first week of the season, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open regularly attracts the world’s best players, and the 2018 edition is no different.

Leading the way is two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic - although, due to being sidelined since Wimbledon with an elbow injury, the Serbian will not be among the top two seeds.

Djokovic didn’t win a title above ATP 250 level in 2017, with the former World No. 1 dropping to No. 12 at season’s end after making the decision to shut down his season after Wimbledon in order to fully recover from an elbow issue for the start of 2018 - which begins in Doha. The 30-year-old is on a 10-match winning streak in the Qatari capital, beating Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the 2016 and 2017 finals respectively.

Joining Djokovic in the 2018 Doha field are top 10 players Dominic Thiem and Pablo Carreno Busta. Both players really struggled at the back-end of 2017 - in fact, they combined for just four wins after the U.S. Open - but Thiem and Carreno Busta put in the hard yards during the first half of the season to establish themselves among the game’s elite, meaning they each have a truckload of points to defend in the first six months of 2018. A good start in Doha would be the perfect springboard for Thiem and Carreno Busta to launch their respective seasons.

Other notable players in the draw include 2012 Doha champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych. Tsonga and Berdych, for so long ever-present top 10 stars, both dropped down the rankings in 2017, and it will be interesting to see if their slide continues in 2018 or if they can pick things up and return to the upper echelons of the sport.

Fernando Verdasco, the erratic Spaniard who held five match points over Djokovic in last year’s semi-finals, will also be back in Doha, while other names to look out for include young gun Andrey Rublev, Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic and former World No. 7 Richard Gasquet.

ATP Doha Seeds

ATP Doha top eight seeds

1Dominic Thiem5Austria
2Pablo Carreno Busta10Spain
3Novak Djokovic12Serbia
4Jo-Wilfried Tsonga15France
5Tomas Berdych19Czech Republic
6Albert Ramos-Vinolas23Spain
7Richard Gasquet31France
8Filip Krajinovic34Serbia

About ATP Doha

The ATP 250 event held in the city of Doha on the Persian Gulf coast is the first of two ATP World Tour events held in the Middle East. It attracts an unusually strong field for a 250 tournament, due to its fortuitous position on the calendar.

One of three 250 events held in the first week of official 2018 ATP World Tour competition, the Qatar ExxonMobil Open is a favoured spot for top players to begin their seasons. Refreshed after a six-week break from competition, and fitter than ever after intensive fitness training and practice, the players are hungry for points as they look to get their years off to the best possible start. The contestants in Qatar will be eager to tune up their games on the outdoor hard courts of the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.

The 32-man draw has attracted top competitors since ATP Doha was played for the first time in 1993, when Boris Becker won the inaugural edition - defeating Stefan Edberg in the semifinals, and Goran Ivanisevic in the final.

Edberg would get his revenge the very next year when he won back-to-back titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, foreshadowing the achievements of his star pupil Roger Federer, who became the first man since Edberg – who would become his coach – to win back-to-back titles in Doha in 2005-6. In doing so he defeated Ivan Ljubicic and Gael Monfils, respectively. Federer also became the first man to win three titles when he won again in Doha in 2011, beating defending champion Nikolay Davydenko in the final.

US Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray became the second man to win back-to-back titles at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open when he defeated Stan Wawrinka in 2008 and Andy Roddick in 2009. A pair of French stars – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet – won the title in 2012 and 2013.

Rafael Nadal won the Qatar ExxonMobil Open for the first time in six attempts in 2014 - when he defeated Lukas Rosol, Ernests Gulbis and Gael Monfils on his way to the title. It would be the only hard-court title Nadal would capture in a 2014 season marred by injuries and appendicitis.

After missing the end of the 2014 season, Nadal began anew in 2015, although not to any great avail, as the former champion was ousted in the first round against 127th ranked qualifier Michael Berrer. The Spaniard would later go on to fall to his lowest ranking in more than a decade as he continued to struggle with momentum and confidence issues after his troubled 2014 year.

Nadal battled his way through to the Doha final in 2016, but he was comprehensively outclassed by Novak Djokovic, with the Serbian storming to a dominant 6-1 6-2 title triumph. Djokovic, who would lose his No. 1 ranking at the end of 2016 to Andy Murray, would go on to successfully defend his title in 2017, beating the Scot in three sets. He heads into the 2018 edition on a 10-match winning streak at the tournament.

ATP Doha Tournament Information

ATP Doha fast facts

ATP DohaQatar ExxonMobil Open
DatesJanuary 1-6, 2018
VenueKhalifa International Tennis Complex
LocationQatar, Doha
First Played1993
Draw Size32
CategoryATP 250
Prize Money$1,237,190
Reigning Singles ChampionNovak Djokovic
Reigning Doubles ChampionFeliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez

Former ATP Doha Champions

Previous ATP Doha winners

1993Boris BeckerGoran Ivanisevic
1994Stefan EdbergPaul Haarhuis
1995Stefan EdbergMagnus Larsson
1996Petr KordaYounes El Aynaoui
1997Jim CourierTim Henman
1998Petr KordaFabrice Santoro
1999Rainer SchuttlerTim Henman
2000Fabrice SantoroRainer Schuttler
2001Marcelo RiosBohdan Ulihrach
2002Younes El AynaouiFelix Mantilla
2003Stefan KoubekJan-Michael Gambill
2004Nicolas EscudeIvan Ljubicic
2005Roger FedererIvan Ljubicic
2006Roger FedererGael Monfils
2007Ivan LjubicicAndy Murray
2008Andy MurrayStan Wawrinka
2009Andy MurrayAndy Roddick
2010Nikolay DavydenkoRafael Nadal
2011Roger FedererNikolay Davydenko
2012Jo-Wilfried TsongaGael Monfils
2013Richard GasquetNikolay Davydenko
2014Rafael NadalGael Monfils
2015David FerrerTomas Berdych
2016Novak DjokovicRafael Nadal
2017Novak DjokovicAndy Murray

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