Djokovic excited to duel in Dubai
Following a dramatic departure from Melbourne, world No.1 Djokovic will be eager to ignite his 2022 campaign on familiar hunting ground in the UAE.
The 34-year-old has lifted the ATP 500 event trophy five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2020) aware that his reign at the top is under threat.
“I know that he’s very close… the only scenario I have in my head is to win every match that I play here,” stated the Serbian.
“It’s in his (Medvedev) hands but he deserves to be No.1. Eventually it’s going to happen and if it happens this week I’ll be the first one to congratulate him.”
Djokovic faces a tricky opener in the shape of hot-shot slinger Lorenzo Musetti. The Italian youngster claimed the first two sets in an absorbing Roland-Garros 2021 fourth round last summer, only for Djokovic to prevail.
“Knowing I was coming to Dubai, I had something to work for, I had a goal. I am as well-prepared as I possibly can be and I’m excited to be on the tour.”
Marseille finalists Andrey Rublev and Felix Auger-Aliassime, plus Jannik Sinner and 2021 champion Aslan Karatsev will all compete in Dubai.