Novak Djokovic Returns To Action This Week In Dubai

by Staff | February 26th, 2023, 11:24 am

Five-time champion Novak Djokovic is back on court this week in Dubai. The world No. 1 returns for his first event following another Australian Open triumph last month.

Djokovic, 12-0 on the year, heads the field which features eight players in the Top 20 including defending champion Andrey Rublev plus former winner Andy Murray who just made the Doha final.

Top seeds are 1 Novak Djokovic, 2 Andrey Rublev, 3 Daniil Medvedev, 4 Felix Auger Aliassime, 5 Hubert Hurkacz, 6 Karen Khachanov, 7 Alexander Zverev, 8 Borna Coric.

No. 1 Djokovic is projected to meet 5 Hurkacz in his quarter, No. 3 Medvedev – 8 Coric, No. 7 Zverev – 4 Auger Aliassime, and 6 seed Khachanov – 2 Rublev in the last quarter.

The semifinals could see Novak Djokovic-Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev-Felix Auger Aliassime.

Djokovic opens with qualifier Tomas Machac then gets the winner of Tallon Griekspoor-Constant Lestienne. He could also face Murray in the quarters as the Scot opens with Hubert Hurkacz. Last year, in his 2022 debut Djokovic was stunned in the quarterfinals in Dubai by qualifier Jiri Vesely.

The second seeded Rublev opens with Filip Krajinovic then gets the winner of Malek Jaziri-Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Among the notable first round matches: Hubert Hurkacz-Andy Murray, Daniel Evans-Borna Coric, Maxime Cressy-Felix Auger Aliassime, Karen Khachanov-Botic Van De Zandschulp,

Former champions: Djokovic (5 times), Murray, Rublev.

Last year, (2) Andrey Rublev defeated (Q) Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-4.

2022 Andrey Rublev d Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-4
2021 Aslan Karatsev d Lloyd Harris 6-3 6-2
2020 Novak Djokovic d Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 6-4
2019 Roger Federer d Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4
2018 Roberto Bautista Agut d Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-4
2017 Andy Murray d Fernando Verdasco 6-3 6-2
2016 Stan Wawrinka d Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 7-6(13)
2015 Roger Federer d Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5
2014 Roger Federer d Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-4 6-3
2013 Novak Djokovic d Tomas Berdych 7-5 6-3

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8 Comments for Novak Djokovic Returns To Action This Week In Dubai

Van Persie Says:

Congrats for 378 weeks as Nr. 1, Nole! :)

Wog Boy Says:

I love how TX is enthusiastic in acknowledging Nole breaking yet another record and becoming absolute recorder in both WTA and ATP.
Next one is Margaret Court 24, I have no doubt in my mind that TX will be as enthusiastic as today when that happens.

chrisford1 Says:

Have to be a little leery about comingling men and woman’s sport records. Or men in 2023 to men’s tennis ‘records’ from 1896.
Apples and oranges. Novak has exceeded all other pro men at #1 by a full year. And by way of another comparative stretch, Evert-Navratilova has 80 matches while Nadal-Novak have “only” played 59 times. It doesn’t mean that Novak-Rafa have an impossible chance to have a rivalry as great as Evert Lloyd- Navratilova had. They already have had a great rivalry.

378 is impressive in it’s own right. So props to both Steffi Graf and Novak on their unique time as #1 achievement in their respective sports.

zed Says:

Here’s some more footage of how it all started.

Who could have foreseen the events of the next 30 years at that point in time?

Dave Says:

Mahut speaking straight facts here.

Why was Federer constantly declared the Goat when Nadal and Djokovic were 5 and 6 years younger than him? Djokovic is on course to absolutely smash records and suddenly it’s a debate. It’s amazing how powerful the media is when it wants to push a narrative. Lebron is somehow better than MJ with 4 titles to 6. I’m not hear to try and convince anyone that Djokovic is the Goat. It’s just amazing the power of the Sports Media.

zed Says:

Dave, the media are complete and utter scum. Always have been always will be.

They lie about everything, every day and multiple times per day.

“Journalists” are almost always voted as the second least trustworthy people in surveys. The least trustworthy are (of course) politicians.

You can’t stop them lying but you have the power to not look, not listen. Do not give them your attention and when you do that, you take away their power.

chrisford1 Says:

Great SF lineup. 3 Russian guys, one Serb. Go figure!

zed Says:

ChrisFord1, Wimbeldon officials will be very unhappy :)

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