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Stellar line-up for Dubai Tennis

posted on 19/01/2014: 1999 views



A stellar line-up featuring five of the world's top ten men including reigning Dubai champion Novak Djokovic and five time champion Roger Federer will arrive in Dubai next month to contest one of the most coveted titles on the ATP World Tour.

Djokovic will bid for his fifth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title, and Federer his sixth, but both will face a formidable challenge from a field that includes top 10 rivals Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"Once again we are thrilled to announce that an incredible line up of stars will be coming to the Tournament”, said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of owners and organisers Dubai Duty Free. "Not only will the Championships be showcasing five of the top 10 men, including arguably two of the best players ever, but the appearance of some of the rising stars along with the return of some seasoned campaigners will guarantee a wonderful week of exciting tennis action”, he added.

Big hitter Juan Martin del Potro has fought his way back up the rankings after injury interrupted his career following his win in the 2009 US Open. He won four titles last season to bring his haul to an impressive 17, along the way setting a record for the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history with a 4 hour 43 minute match, eventually losing to Djokovic. He went on to defeat Federer to take the Swiss Indoor Title in Basel, before finishing the year ranked number 5.

Last year's finalist, the Czech Republic's Berdych, currently ranked 7, will again be a threat. He reached a career high ranking of 5 in August 2013, before helping his country win the Davis Cup in November. With past wins against Djokovic and Federer under his belt he will be again be in contention for the title. Tsonga is widely lauded as one of the most exciting players on the ATP World Tour. He has amassed 10 career titles so far and finished 2013 in the top ten for the third year in a row. Tsonga started the year strongly, teaming with Alize Cornet to win the Hopman Cup for France.

But it is not just the top ten that Federer and Djokovic need to be concerned about, with players such as two time Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny, who picked up 2 titles in 2013 and is currently ranked 15, and Dimitry Tursunov, who jumped from 125 to 29 in the rankings last year, also in the mix. Joining them is Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Sergiy Stakhovsky, who stunned Federer by knocking him out of Wimbledon in the second round last year, ending Federer's run of 36 straight Grand Slam quarter finals.

With so many talented players in the draw the stage is set for a thrilling week of top tennis action. The ATP World Tour event takes place between 24 February and 1 March and follows the WTA tournament that features an incredible six of the world's top 10. – Khaleej Times – Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/inside_sport.asp?xfile=/data/nationsports/2014/January/nationsports_January139.xml§ion=nationsports

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