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World No.1 Novak Djokovic will kick off Serbia's Hopman Cup campaign today determined to go all the way after two near misses.

Fresh from a season-opening victory at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament on Saturday night, Djokovic will once again team up with former women's No.1 Ana Ivanovic as they open their account against third-seeded Italians Andreas Seppi and Francesca Schiavone.

Djokovic showed he was on track for another prolific campaign when he disposed of Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-4 at the weekend.

It followed a straight-sets demolition of world No.5 David Ferrer in the semifinals.

"It was a fantastic experience again for me coming to Abu Dhabi," Djokovic said.

"This is a very nice tournament, you always get great matches, very tough matches against top opponents, and great attendance also."

Djokovic and Ivanovic last teamed up at Hopman Cup 23, where the crowd favourites were forced to withdraw on the eve of the final after Ivanovic suffered a stomach strain.

It was the second dose of Hopman heartbreak for Djokovic, who made the final alongside Jelena Jankovic in 2008, only to lose to the USA.

The fortunes of Djokovic and Ivanovic have taken different paths since 2011, but they launch their campaign as clear favourites.

Equally as eager to take home the silverware will be 32-year-old Schiavone, who is making her fourth appearance at the event but is yet to taste success.

Her partner Seppi will also prove a difficult match-up after ending the year ranked a career-high 23.

While Djokovic finished the season as the top-ranked player for the second year in a row, Ivanovic has again struggled to match it with the best.

She finished outside the top 10 for the fourth year in a row and is determined to turn her fortunes around.

The West Australian

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