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Tennis greats to face off in Taiwan exhibition match

TAIPEI -- Tennis world No. 2 Novak Djokovic will arrive in Taiwan today, where he will play an exhibition match with Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, the event's promoter said yesterday.

The Serb, who finished runner-up at the U.S. Open earlier this month and is making his first visit to Taiwan, will spend two days here, greeting local fans and playing World No. 12 Almagro. Both are known for their mastery of the game — as well as for their temper tantrums.

The duo will hold a press conference shortly after arrival, after which Almagro will also coach local young talent, according to Kuang Hong Arts, organizer of the event.

The best-of-three exhibition game will take place Saturday afternoon at the National Taiwan Sport University, the promoter said.

Ticket prices, according to the event's website, range from NT$1,800 (US$61) to NT$8,800.

After their stay in Taiwan, former No. 1 and five-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic will go to Beijing to compete in the China Open, while Almagro will play in the Rakuten Open in Japan.

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