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The first event, although not official, that will kick off the new year 2018….The champion earns $250,000 prize money

The 2017 season will officially end with the Davis Cup final this weekend, but it's already time to think about 2018.

The first event, although not official, that will kick off the new year is the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

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On Thursday, December 28 Stan Wawrinka, who never reached the final here on four appearances, will face Pablo Carreno Busta, who is making the first appearance.

On Friday, the winner will face the four-time winner Rafael Nadal, who is making the ninth appearance.

The second "quarter-final" will be played between Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic.

The winner will face Novak Djokovic on Friday. The Serb won three editions in a row between 2011 and 2013 and is playing in Abu Dhabi for the first time since January 2015 when he lost to Andy Murray in the final giving walkover.

On Saturday, the fourth-third place final and Championship match will take place. Here below full schedule, the champion earns $250,000 prize money.


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