Seven-time champion Roger Federer returns to action as he headlines the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, live from Dubai between February 25 to March 2, 2019.

Federer will be joined in a stacked draw by the likes of fellow top 10 stars Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic, along with the likes of Milos Raonic, Karen Khachanov, Daniil Medvedev, Tomas Berdych and the man who beat him at the Australian Open, rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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ATP Dubai tournament schedule

ATP Dubai players 2019

Another glorious ATP field converges in Dubai for the always-popular ATP 500 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, including record seven-time champion Roger Federer.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since a shock fourth round loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open last month, but after slipping to No. 7 in the world, Federer is determined to play much more tournaments, playing in Dubai for just the second time since winning his seventh title in 2015, while he’s also announced his intention to play Madrid and Roland Garros during the clay swing this season.

Without a Grand Slam or Masters 1000 title for the last 12 months, Federer has struggled (relatively speaking of course) to back up his extraordinary 2017 campaign, where he won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami, Shanghai, Halle and Basel. Of course Federer can’t be expected to re-create that sort of dominance at 37 years of age and with Novak Djokovic back fit and firing, but he himself would expect to win the title in Dubai this week.

But he will be confronted by a number of difficult challengers, including fellow top 10 players Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. Nishikori is enjoying a career-best start to the season, winning the Brisbane International, making the quarter-finals of the Australian Open and the semi-finals of Rotterdam, while Cilic hasn’t been operating at his best level, losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Roberto Bautista Agut.

Tsitsipas himself will also be in action in Dubai as he looks to get back to his best level after a post-Australian Open hangover of sorts, while fellow young guns Daniil Medvedev, Borna Coric and Karen Khachanov will be determined to make another impact, especially Medvedev, who has been on fire to start the season with a title in Sofia, a final in Brisbane and making the semi-finals in Rotterdam and the fourth round of the Australian Open.

We also can’t discount former top 10 stars Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych, both of whom will relish playing in the quick conditions in the desert. Berdych is a former two-time runner-up in Dubai to Djokovic in 2013 and Federer in 2014.

About ATP Dubai

First played in 1993, the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships is the biggest men’s tournament held in the Middle East and always attracts a strong field. The United Arab Emirates city, a global financial hub, hosts some of the biggest names in men’s tennis on the outdoor hard courts of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Centre, formerly known as the Aviation Club, which includes a Stadium court that is also a popular music venue. ATP Dubai takes place under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai.

The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships were upgraded to a 500-level event in 2001, making the tournament the largest ATP World Tour event in the Middle East, and highlights the month of February. The top players turn their attention to outdoor hard courts from mid-February onwards as they begin to prepare for March’s major events at Indian Wells and Dubai, and many of them choose to appear at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, which has been voted the ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the year ten times.

Karel Novacek won the inaugural ATP Dubai tournament in 1993, defeating Fabrice Santoro in the final, and a number of big names would go on to claim the trophy – Goran Ivanisevic (1996, d. Albert Costa), Thomas Muster (1997, d. Ivanisevic), Juan Carlos Ferrer (2001, d. Marat Safin) – but the history of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since 2003 has been dominated by two players above all: Novak Djokovic and especially Roger Federer.

Only five players not named Djokovic or Federer have won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since Roger Federer defeated Jiri Novak to win his first title in 2003, going on to win two more consecutive titles before his reign was interrupted by Rafael Nadal in 2006 and then Andy Roddick in 2008. Novak Djokovic took up the mantle next, equaling Federer’s feat of three consecutive titles when he monopolized the tournament between 2009 and 2011, but Federer struck back to take a fifth title in 2012, defeating Andy Murray in the final. Djokovic took the 2013 title, defeating Tomas Berdych, but Federer defeated him in turn in the semifinals of the 2014 edition and went on to beat Berdych in the final to claim an amazing sixth Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title.

Federer’s 2014 title signalled a resurgent season for the 19-time Grand Slam champion which saw him return to world no. 2 after winning five titles and reaching the Wimbledon final, and an even better season in 2015 would be heralded by an incredible seventh Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title. Runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon and the US Open, Federer was the only player to defeat Djokovic more than once through the world no. 1’s absurdly dominant season and the first of those came in the Dubai final as Federer played superb aggressive tennis to claim a 6-3, 7-5 victory and the Dubai crown.

Federer was unable to defend his Dubai title in 2016 due to a knee injury sustained at the Australian Open, but the Swiss reign continued with Stan Wawrinka claiming his first Dubai triumph. Djokovic famously retired in the quarter-finals due to an eye problem, with Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis ultimately taking advantage of the depleted top half of the draw and winning through to the final. However he couldn’t get over the line against Wawrinka, who after a marathon second set tiebreak, emerged a 6-4 7-6(13) champion.

Federer returned to Dubai in 2017 after his historic triumph at the Australian Open, but he suffered a shock second round defeat at the hands of qualifier Evgeny Donskoy. Compatriot Wawrinka would also bomb out early, losing to Damir Dzumhur in the opening round, paving the way for Murray to make his way through the draw - including a famous win over Philipp Kohlschreiber when he saved seven match points in a record equalling 20-18 second set tiebreaker in the quarter-finals - and capture a first Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title, beating Fernando Verdasco in the final.

The tournament crowned a surprise champion in 2018 as Roberto Bautista Agut beat Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-4 in the final.

ATP Dubai tournament information

ATP Dubai fast facts

ATP DubaiDubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
DatesFebruary 25 to March 2
VenueAviation Club Tennis Centre
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
First Played1993
CategoryATP 500
Draw Size32
Prize Money$2,623,485
Reigning Singles ChampionRoberto Bautista Agut
Reigning Doubles ChampionJean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau

Former ATP Dubai champions

Former ATP Dubai Winners

1993Karel NovacekFabrice Santoro
1994Magnus GustafssonSergi Bruguera
1995Wayne FerreiraAndrea Gaudenzi
1996Goran IvanisevicAlbert Costa
1997Thomas MusterGoran Ivanisevic
1998Alex CorretjaFelix Mantilla
1999Jerome GolmardNicolas Kiefer
2000Nicolas KieferJuan Carlos Ferrero
2001Juan Carlos FerreroMarat Safin
2002Fabrice SantoroYounes El Aynaoui
2003Roger FedererJiri Novak
2004Roger FedererFeliciano Lopez
2005Roger FedererIvan Ljubicic
2006Rafael NadalRoger Federer
2007Roger FedererMikhail Youzhny
2008Andy RoddickFeliciano Lopez
2009Novak DjokovicDavid Ferrer
2010Novak DjokovicMikhail Youzhny
2011Novak DjokovicRoger Federer
2012Roger FedererAndy Murray
2013Novak DjokovicTomas Berdych
2014Roger FedererTomas Berdych
2015Roger FedererNovak Djokovic
2016Stan WawrinkaMarcos Baghdatis
2017Andy MurrayFernando Verdasco
2018Roberto Bautista AgutLucas Pouille

ATP Dubai ranking points

ATP 500 ranking points

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