Novak Djokovic is back on the courts this week in Dubai. The Australian Open champion leads a field of eight players in the Top 20.
The World No. 1 is slated to meet Malek Jaziri in his opener, with Philipp Kohlschreiber in round two, Karen Khachanov in the quarters and potentially Gael Monfils in the semifinals. Djokovic has won the title four times, most recently seven years ago in 2013 when he beat Tomas Berdych.
In his last appearance, Djokovic retired to Feliciano Lopez in 2016 due to a an eye issue.
Marseille winner and 2019 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas is seeded second and will begin against former Top 10 Pablo Carreno Busta.
Fabio Fognini, Andrey Rublev and Benoit Paire are also in the draw. Paire will meet Marin Cilic in arguably the best first round match.
2018 winner Roberto Bautista Agut is the only other former champion in the field.
Last year, Roger Federer turned away Tstisipas for his 100th career title. Federer withdrew from the event due to right knee surgery.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) February 23, 2020
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