9/28/12 11:55 PM | Johan Lindahl
Asian event lineups for the next fortnight are taking shape on the ATP Tour, with top seed Novak Djokovic already on his way east to next week's China Open.
The Serb took a two-week pause after losing the US Open final to Andy Murray but has boarded a plane for the flight to Beijing. A smiling Djokovic tweeted a picture of himself and his piles of luggage in the hallway of his Monte Carlo flat as he waited for the lift.
Djokovic is due to play in Beijing after missing the event last year with injury; he is bidding for a third title at the venue.
US Open hero Murray is due to defend his 2011 crown in Tokyo next week. Both of the elite will then travel to Shanghai for the Masters 1000 from October 8.
Meanwhile, the presence of Roger Federer in the East remains open to discussion.
Despite Chinese officials confirming that the world No. 1 would play in Shanghai (he missed the event last year to rest and then won his last three tournaments of the season), the word from Switzerland is less sure.
There has been no official confirmation of his participation from the Federer camp, with one well-informed source saying that the decision might be made as late as next week.
Rafael Nadal, as expected, withdrew from Asian play due to the knee injury which has kept him off court for three months and counting.
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