• Kohlschreiber begins season against Dodig in Doha

    12/30/12 6:42 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Kohlschreiber begins season against Dodig in Doha Monday marks the beginning of the 2013 season in Doha, Brisbane, and Chennai. Philipp Kohlschreiber headlines the Doha proceedings with a night match against Ivan Dodig.

    Philipp Kohlschreiber and Ivan Dodig will be squaring off for the third time in their careers when they begin the 2013 proceedings (albeit still in 2012) in round one of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open on Monday night.

    Kohlschreiber leads the head-to-head series 2-1 and all three previous meetings have been contested on hard courts. They split a pair of 2012 encounters, with Kohlschreiber winning in Delray Beach before Dodig prevailed in Valencia.

    The two competitors experienced different fortunes last season. Kohlschreiber turned in another consistent campaign, compiling a 42-24 record that included fourth-round showings at the two hard-court majors and a quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon. The 29-year-old German heads into this year at No. 20 in the world.

    Dodig broke onto the scene in 2011, but he slumped to a 16-26 record at the ATP level last season. The 27-year-old Croat salvaged his 2012 by picking up the pace in the fall, with a semifinal in Valencia and a semifinal at the Bratislava Challenger.

    Kohlschreiber began last season by facing Rafael Nadal in the Doha first round (he fell in three sets). That was never going to happen this time around with Nadal out of the tournament and Kohlschreiber in a seeded spot. With a much better draw, this week's No. 3 seed should advance in straight sets.

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