The world No. 1 and No. 2 faced off in an exhibition on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Exhibition season started early for Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. While Roger Federer is playing ATP tennis in Basel, his fellow Big Three members had a hit and giggle in Kazakhstan.

The one-day event was held at the 11,578-seat Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan (the nation's capital), and the idea was to expose the local youth to elite tennis. The match did just that with was Nadal winning, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.

Before a ball was struck, Nadal got on the phone with former King of Spain Juan Carlos I, who spoke with the First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Abishevich Nazarbayev:

Djokovic was in the mood to dance (Nadal not so much...):


Clearly not Rafa’s cup of tea...meanwhile @djokernole’s out here in his ELEMENT

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And they didn't forget to have a little fun with it:  

The trip to Kazakstan may have come as a bit of a surprise to some given Nadal got married less than a week ago. Both will return to ATP action in Paris next week, where the chase for year-end No. 1 continues. Djokovic is just 320 points ahead of Nadal.