Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer will lead the ATP Dubai Open draw for this year’s competition. Get the ATP Dubai Open live streaming options, preview and predictions for this edition of the tournament below.
The busiest month on the ATP circuit in terms of number of tournaments draws to an end, with two ATP 500 tournaments next week, in Dubai and in Acapulco.
Both tournaments are well represented by some of the biggest names on the tour and should make for some exciting tennis, right before the tour heads to the Sunshine Masters for most of March.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has always welcomed the top names in the sport, and the list of prior winners include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, and Andy Roddick among others. The biggest highlight of this year’s event is the return of Roger Federer, with his sights on a 100th ATP title.
Number two seed and seven time Dubai champion Roger Federer begins his campaign against familiar opponent, German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Federer has a 13-0 record against the German and will look to maintain the advantage he has. Federer’s path to the semi-final has its share of challenges with potential opponents in veteran Fernando Verdasco and Canadian Milos Raonic. Both can be testing opponents, especially Raonic in suitable hard court conditions.
The other quarter of Federer’s half also has a number of interesting matchups. Number four seed Russian “Next Gen” Karen Khachanov will be looking to regain some of his lost form and promise, with first round exits at the ATP tournaments earlier this month at Sofia and Rotterdam.
Khachanov begins his campaign against hard hitting Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvilli, and could run into Spanish veteran and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut, who has had a strong start to 2019.
Khachanov’s ‘Next Gen’ peer Borna Coric is also in the same quarter and begins his campaign against Mikhail Kukushkin, who is scheduled to play the ATP 250 final at Marseille this Sunday, prior to that. Veteran Czech Tomas Berdych has also been in strong form since his return from injury and remains another dangerous floater in Coric’s draw.
The bottom half of the draw therefore has a number of contenders that could well make the semi-finals. Tennis fans in and around Dubai will be hoping for a deep run for Roger Federer, and while a good start will increase his chances at the tournament; there are a fair number than can spoil his party.
The top half of the draw is not short of unpredictability either. Top seed Kei Nishikori opens against erratic Frenchman Benoit Paire, a match that Nishikori should win on current form. However, he potentially runs into “Next Gen” Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter finals. Tsitsipas had a good run at the Australian Open and is scheduled to play the ATP 250 finals at Maresille, on Sunday, prior to the Dubai tournament.
Croat Marin Cilic, who has had a few injuries of late will be looking for a confidence boosting outing in Dubai. He plays Frenchman Gael Monfils in his opener.
Having just won the Rotterdam ATP 500, and made the semi-finals the week before in Sofia, Monfils will be full of confidence and definitely fancy his chances against Cilic. This quarter also features Russian Daniil Medvedev, who has been in prime form this year with impressive performances at Brisbane, Melbourne, Sofia and Rotterdam, and can beat any of the contenders in Dubai.
The crowd favorite and favorite for many tennis enthusiasts around the world will be Roger Federer. However, with the ‘Next Gen” well represented by Coric, Medvedev, Khachanov and Tsitsipas, and with seasoned campaigners like Nishikori, Raonic, Monfils and Berdych hitting good form, Dubai promises to see some scintillating shot making, attacking tennis and unpredictable outcomes.
While it is difficult to pick a clear favorite to win the tournament, Federer, Nishikori, and Medvedev start as three of the top contenders with the best shots at silverware, a week from today.
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ATP Dubai Open 2019 Predictions & Tips:
Federer to win