Dubai duty free tennis championships: Preview-

Dubai, UAE
Roger Federer and Andy Murray play beach tennis in front of the iconic Bhurj khalifa

Andy Murray will be the top seed in this week’s Dubai duty free tennis championships, to be held in the UAE. Roger Federer would look to continue his unbeaten streak of 2017 and could face Stan Wawrinka, and Andy Murray if he is to reach the semi-finals. At the age of 35, Federer will look to bag his 90th title. He will face Benoit Paire from France in the first round and could set up a match against the Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

Andy Murray opens his campaign since his Australian open exit, against  Malek Jaziri from Tunisia and Gilles Muller will be the highest-seeded player who could be potentially met in the quarter-finals. The Brit will be looking to win his first crown in Dubai. He previously lost in 2012 final to Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, Wawrinka, the defending champion, will square up against Damir Dzumhur in the first round and might face the fifth seed and twice the runner-up here Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The 31-year-old Swiss leads Berdych in their ATP head to head series 11-5 and has won in their past six meetings. Fourth seed Gael Monfils could be an enticing match-up in the semi-finals.

All in all a star-studded line-up promises this year’s Dubai duty free tennis championships to be an exciting affair and although Andy Murray is the top seed, Roger Federer will probably be the man to beat after his victory over Rafael Nadal, not to mention beating four top ten players en route to his 18th grand slam title earlier this year in Melbourne.


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