Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer lead the field for ATP Dubai 2013 which gets underway at the end of February.
Federer is the tournament record holder having won the Dubai title five times. The Swiss prevailed once again last year, beating Andy Murray in straight sets in the final. Murray is not competing this year, preferring to spend the week doing some quality training with Ivan Lendl ahead of Indian Wells in March.
Djokovic is the favourite to win the title after claiming his sixth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The Serb won the title three times in a row from 2009-2011 and he's pretty much better than anyone on hard courts at the moment and you feel that even Federer doesn't have much chance of stopping him should they meet. Djokovic's competitors will have to hope for a blustery week in the desert as he's been known to struggle in the sometimes windy conditions in Dubai.
Juan Martin Del Potro made the Dubai semis last year and the 'Tower from Tandil' will be a strong contender once again. After taking a break from Davis Cup duty this year, the Argentine will be hoping to get closer to the big four throughout the course of the season.
And Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are always a big threat to the leading stars. Tsonga took Federer to five sets at the Australian Open and of the rest of the top ten, he seems to be the one least intimidated by the likes of Murray, Federer and Djokovic. New coach Roger Rasheed has been working hard on his backhand and is determined to get the Frenchman into the top five for the first time in his career.
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