Murray to defend ini Doha
Andy Murray will be among a star-studded line-up when he attempts to defend his Qatar ExxonMobil Open title in Doha in January.
The British number one got his 2008 season off to a flyer with victory in the Middle East and never looked back, with two Masters Series titles and an appearance in the US Open final at Flushing Meadows.
And the Scot has confirmed that he will return to defend the trophy he won by beating Stanislas Wawrinka in three sets back in January this year.
The world number four has appeared in the past two finals of the tournament, going down 6-4 6-4 to Ivan Ljubicic in 2007, but two years on he is a much-improved player and will be among the favourites to claim the title at the start of the year.
World number one Rafael Nadal will also take part, along with Swiss ace Roger Federer - a two-time winner of the event (2005 & 2006) at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex.
The only member of the top four players missing will be Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, who will play at the inaugural Brisbane International during the same week as the build up to the first Grand Slam of the year gets underway.