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Dubai Open 2017: Eight Predictions for the Men’s Tournament

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With the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships set to start in less than a week, here are eight predictions for the men’s side of the draw.

Acapulco has attracted many top talents this year such as Djokovic and Nadal.

1. Better than Acapulco

While many top players have opted to play in Acapulco rather than at Dubai, I believe the latter will still be the better tournament. Dubai has always been praised by the players, and it has provided some entertaining tennis throughout the years, allowing for more attacking tennis, and therefore quicker points and entertaining rallies. Acapulco does not normally attract the sort of talent it has this year, and there is no doubt that it will be an entertaining tournament as well.

Federer is the third seed here in Dubai, and he will try to claim his eighth here.

2. Pretty Straightforward

I don’t expect there to be very many upsets. The top of the field has been playing very well lately, and barring a couple of minimal upsets, I expect everything to go according to plan. Federer and Murray should meet up in the semifinal, with the rest of the top seeds not far behind. Tennis is mostly a mental game, however, and you can never be sure what to expect.

Dubai is one of the top tournaments on the tour, and it always entertaining to watch.

3. Another Entertaining Round of Tennis

Dubai has been praised as one of the best ATP 500 events on the tour, winning seven of the last nine ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year awards, only recently being usurped by Queen’s Club, one of the two tournaments prior to Wimbledon. The competition is great, and the atmosphere is loved by the players. Look for some entertaining tennis along the way. This tournament should be a good one.

Monfils has had consistency issues, and I think an early exit is in store for the Frenchman.

4. Monfils Strikes out Early

Monfils, known for his acrobatic shots and athleticism, has not quite lived up to the potential. He is similar to Nick Kyrigos, only less hot-headed and lackadaisical. Coming in as the fourth seed will certainly help boost the Frenchman’s confidence, but Monfils is not the most consistent, and he does not always perform as well as he should. Look for a lower seed, maybe crafty Dustin Brown, to upset Monfils and make a surprise quarterfinal run.

Berdych has always liked to play here in Dubai, and I think he will have another sucessful run here.

5. Berdych Makes a Deep Run

Berdych has always played well here in Dubai, and the fast courts are perfect for his power baseline gaming and booming serve. If he makes it to the quarterfinals along with Wawrinka, it will be an entertaining matchup for sure, one that will be a toss-up between two incredible players.

Federer and Wawrinka already met up Down Under. Will they meet again?

6. All-Swiss Matchup No. 2

Wawrinka and Federer are my picks for the final, setting up the second meeting is as many tournaments. Both are playing excellent tennis, and a repeat of the Australian Open semifinal is certainly a possibility. Wawrinka is the defending champion, and I expect him to continue that great run with another one here at Dubai. Can Federer and Wawrinka make it two out of two? It waits to be seen.

Murray was eliminated by Mischa Zverev early in the Australian Open, but he will look to rebound here in Dubai.

7. Murray Rebounds From Aussie Open

Andy Murray will rebound from an underwhelming performance at his first Grand Slam as number one in the world. I expect a semifinal at the very least. Murray has never won the tournament, and he’ll be hungry for the title. The number one player struggled against Mischa Zverev’s serve and volley tactics, and I believe a loss to Federer in the semifinal could be in store for the Scotsman. The courts are fast, and that does not suit Murray’s game, but I believe the Scotsman has enough talent to overcome the courts and go to his second ever Dubai final.

Federer has won Dubai a record seven times, and he will look to add his eighth this time around.

8. Federer Grabs His Eighth in Dubai

While this might seem slightly difficult, I believe Federer will capitalize on his Australian Open victory and bring home an eighth Dubai trophy. Federer is familiar with the courts, and they are fast, something that Federer needs to beat more defensive minded players like Djokovic and Murray. As John McEnroe said, “When there is speed, there is hope.” If Federer can get into a groove early on into the tournament, I have no doubt that he can beat anyone on the Dubai hard courts.

With a win, Federer would jump up two spots, something that would be a great help when he is seeded for Indian Wells, Miami, and eventually Wimbledon, where he’ll look to grab his eighth title in London. Federer has practically zero points to defend for the rest of the year, barring the Wimbledon semifinal, and some good performances in the upcoming events could see his ranking skyrocket.


Luca D'Amico-Wong
Ardent Federer fan who enjoys writing about sports and games. Writer for Courtside Watch, SBNation, Forza Italian Football, SoccerNews, and Clash Royale Tactics. Did I mention that I love Federer?

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