Andy Murray pictured during a Mubadala World Tennis Championship match in Abu Dhabi on December 26, 2013Record-breakers Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray could begin the new year by forging another link in the chain of coincidences which have marked their careers. The eight times French Open champion and the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years could well meet in the later stages of the Qatar Open which starts Monday. They also begin 2014 with Murray's short-term prospects mirroring Nadal's uncertain predicament here a year ago, when a long absence and persistent knee injuries cast a cloud over his future. The Spaniard had been sidelined for seven months when he belatedly withdrew from the 2013 Qatar Open, triggering a fusillade of inaccurate predictions that he might never fully recover.

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