Djokovic and Federer head star line-up at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

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Djokovic and Federer head star line-up at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

 

DUBAI – Novak Djokovic will make a welcome return to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next month in a bid to reclaim the title he last won in 2013.

The reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion and world number two joins a stellar field that includes eight-time champion Roger Federer, who in winning last year claimed his 100th career singles title.

Also bidding for the title will be 2019 finalist and ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and 2018 Dubai winner Roberto Bautista Agut.

Djokovic, who has already begun this season by playing an integral role in leading Serbia to victory in the inaugural ATP Cup, is second only to Federer in amassing a host of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship titles.

He collected his first trophy in 2009 with victory over David Ferrer and successfully defended his title with a three-set victory over Mikhail Youzhny in a battle that was interrupted by torrential rain and had to be completed over two days, before making it three in a row with a straight-sets triumph over Federer in 2011.

After Federer defeated Andy Murray in the 2012 final, Djokovic returned to the winner’s rostrum in 2013 by overcoming Tomas Berdych. He contested his fifth Dubai final in 2015 but was defeated by Federer, and in his most recent appearance in Dubai, in 2016, he was forced to retire after losing the first set of his quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez due to an eye infection.

It’s clear that Djokovic loves visiting Dubai, “Everyone on tour knows the fact that this is the most popular tournament of the year, as the quality of players and the organisation is the best on tour,” he said upon his last visit. “Players feel the most comfortable here in Dubai. You always have three or four of the top 10 players in the world here, so we are always on the top of our game here.

“And Dubai has some of the best shopping in the world and with it being truly one of the most attractive tourist destinations with so much to do, it makes it the perfect host city for a world class ATP tournament.”

Nothing has changed since he last competed in Dubai, with once again several of the world’s top 10 vying to lift the coveted trophy.

Federer, at 38, is still as competitive as ever and will not easily surrender his crown as, with 103 titles, he edges ever closer to surpassing the all-time record of 109 titles held by Jimmy Connors.

Tsitsipas is also certain to be a top contender, with 2019 victories over both Federer and Djokovic as well as current world number one Rafael Nadal on the Spaniard’s favourite surface of clay.

While much of the attention will naturally fall on Djokovic, Federer and Tsitsipas, no-one should overlook the threat of Bautista Agut, who in 2019 enjoyed the best season of his career. Finishing the season inside the top 10 for the first time, he played a vital role as Spain emerged triumphant from the Davis Cup Finals, and he reached a Grand Slam semi-final, at Wimbledon, for the first time.

Other exciting players to catch include the eccentric but brilliant Gael Monfils, and even opponents such as Djokovic and Federer can rarely match his sometimes astonishing agility and spectacular shot-making that last season helped him not only reach the Dubai semi-finals but stretch Tsitsipas to a third set tiebreak in a battle that lasted just a minute under three hours.

Others to watch out for include combative Italian Fabio Fognini, who last season defeated Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut and Andy Murray, veteran Jo Wilfried Tsonga, who is competing here for the first time in six years and has collected 18 career titles including two from 2019, and British number one Dan Evans who recently helped Britain to the Davis Cup semi-finals and the quarter-finals of the ATP Cup.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships begins with the WTA event which runs from February 17 to 22 and features reigning Grand Slam champions Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu, and then continues between February 24 and 29 with the ATP tournament.

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