On the eve of the men’s Dubai event, defending champion Roger Federer was on hand for a special ceremony Thursday night marking the Chinese New Year, the year of the Goat!
“It’s been a fantastic evening,” Federer said. “I’m honoured to have been part of this celebration. The Burj Al Arab is iconic, and this celebration is a nice gesture for the Chinese guests. I’ve had some amazing moments playing here in Dubai, especially playing here on the helipad, and playing in China too, so the chance to celebrate this, I wasn’t going to miss it.”
Federer, a six-time champion at the event, will also be joined by Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych in the field. Federer opens against Mikhail Youzhny. He could meet Murray in the semifinals.
“I feel ok coming into this year, I know the court well, I know what to expect,” Federer said. “I had two weeks off after the Australian Open so I feel refreshed and ready to play. I really like the stadium, I’ve played very well here over the years, and the Dubai tournament is run so well; it’s a great event and a great atmosphere.”
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