Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is in action against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri in the opening round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday.
Tsonga enjoyed a brilliant finish to the 2011 season, making the final of the Paris Masters and then the ATP World Tour Finals to finish as world number six. And the first month of the new year has often been a fruitful time for Tsonga in the past, he's always performed best at the Australian Open over the years, reaching the final in 2008.
Tsonga took part in the Abu Dhabi exhibition last week along with most of the world's top five. He lost in the opening round but it came down to a few points behind him and David Ferrer and Tsonga would not have felt too downbeat about his 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 defeat.
He's returned to Doha for the second year in a row and will be hoping to go one better than last year's semi-final run. Roger Federer stopped him 6-3, 7-6 and as third seed this year, Tsonga is once again scheduled to meet the Swiss at that stage.
However first up for the Frenchman is wildcard Jaziri who's ranked 117 in the world. The Tunisian enjoyed a decent finish to 2011, winning a challenger title indoors but the last time he played someone of Tsonga's class was at the US Open where he was comfortably beaten by Mardy Fish in straight sets.
Prediction: Tsonga in two.