The man to beat will undoubtedly be Novak Djokovic, who as world number one leads the main draw of the event. The ATP 500 in Dubai, which is scheduled to start on Monday, February 27, will be attended by several stars of the men’s circuit: a great show is expected in the Emirati city for a tournament coveted by several participants.
On the morning of Saturday the 25th, the main draw was held, which revealed all the cards and established the path that awaits each athlete during the next week. The Serbian champion will start with a player from the previous phase.
Next, he will face the winner of the duel between Constant Lestienne (already challenged at the beginning of the season in Adelaide) and the young Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, author of an excellent tournament in Rotterdam.
The obstacles for the man from Belgrade will also be in the quarterfinals: he will most likely face one between the Pole Hubert Hurkacz and the British Andy Murray, who will already face each other in his debut. At the bottom is the German Alexander Zverev, who must immediately face the Czech surprise Jiri Lehecka.
Italy will be represented by Lorenzo Sonego, who has not been particularly lucky in the draw. In the first round he will face the Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler, who has had a good performance at the beginning of the year. If he succeeds, the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will wait for him, who will first have to challenge the American Maxime Cressy.
The number 2 seed and, therefore, Nole’s first opponent will be Andrey Rublev. The Muscovite will debut against a Serbian tennis player, Filip Krajinovic. The Russian could have very little difficulty until the quarterfinals, in which he could face his compatriot Karen Khachanov.
Wawrinka pays tribute to Djokovic
Stan Wawrinka paid tribute to Novak Djokovic. “Novak is the best player today and has proven it in everything he has done for 20 years. They exploded all the records between him, Rafa, and Roger.
They took everything and ate everything. They are the greatest players in the history of tennis. Unfortunately, there have been several generations who have broken their teeth against them. I think the one that is coming now, little by little it will take over.
It’s inevitable and it’s going to happen after a while. But we’re talking about the biggest players in the history of the game. We’re not just talking about big players,” Stan Wawrinka added.
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