Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during a match for third place of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Top seed Rafael Nadal, second seed David Ferrer and third seed Andy Murray opened the new tennis season with first round wins on the last day of 2013. The only other time Nadal faced the Czech native was a five-set loss in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012.

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