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- Top Seeds: Grigor Dimitrov, Lucas Pouille, Roberto Bautista Agut, Damir Dzumhur
- 2017 Champion: Andy Murray
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DUBAI, UAE – While Andy Murray is still working hard to recuperate from hip surgery, Grigor Dimitrov tops the field as he looks for his first Dubai Duty Free title.
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Dimitrov has not had a bad start to the year, following on from his win at the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals, although his loss to Britain’s Kyle Edmund disappointed him. He made amends with a run to the Rotterdam final, but was strangely flat in the final.
He makes his return to the tournament for the first time since 2011, where he came through qualifying, but fell in the first round. He has a decent enough looking draw, with Philip Kohlschreiber as his potential quarter-finalist.
The Frenchman arrives with the Montpellier final in the bag, and a run last week to the Marseille final, he comes in as the man in form. Pouille could be set though for a repeat clash with Karen Khachanov, who beat him last week in the Marseille final. If he comes though that as a potential second round opponent.
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The usually consistent Spaniard started the year well, with the Auckland title, and the lost three matches on the bounce before arriving in Dubai. His quarter on paper if not too bad, and he is set to face Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals.
It has been a fairly consistent year for Dzumhur, with a couple of quarter-finals already to his name in 2018. He could face Filip Krajinovic in the quarter-final. The Serbian has yet to have another turn of pace as he showed in the Paris Masters at the end of last year, although his most recent success was reaching the Marseille quarter-finals.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships takes place between 27 February and 4 March – GMT + 4 hours)
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