Novak Djokovic continues hot streak with opening win in Dubai

Tanya Simon
February 26, 2020

Will Djokovic continue his run of dominance or will Kohlschreiber pull an upset?

Now the world no.1, the Serbian played his last match on the 2 of February when he beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 in the final of the Australian Open to win his 79 career title. "Every time that I am here I feel a little bit like home".

It is expected that Djokovic will be on court at 3pm (GMT). This will be his 17th year on tour since he turned pro and Djokovic has left his imprint nearly everywhere around the globe and has reached the top step of the pedestal.

"Yes, there is room for improvement. I think there is tremendous respect for each other privately and also professionally, so as long as this is the case I think everybody benefits from that, also the sport", Djokovic further said. He actually likes playing top players on a big stage. Tennis, like no other place in life, triggers me, triggers my emotions. I will prepare myself.

A four-time Dubai victor, Djokovic will be making his first appearance at the event since 2016.

"I really love to hold the racquet". I appreciate evening sessions... I enjoy the journey.

Fourth seed Fabio Fognini will make his tournament debut against Dan Evans, who is at a career-high 31 after reaching three quarter-finals this year, and sixth seed Andrey Rublev opens his bid for the title against a qualifier. We never played together [but] we've been talking about it for years.

"Even if that was true, why would I want to add fuel to the fire?"

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The world number one will meet Kohlschreiber in the last 16 after he eased to a 6-1 6-2 win over Malek Jaziri on Monday, while the German emerged triumphant from a three-set battle against Mohamed Safwat.

"It's a great way to start out the tournament".

Djokovic demonstrated why he is the best player in the world earlier this month when he won the Australian Open for the eighth time.

"The primary spherical is fairly powerful, I all the time attempt to get used to it", stated Russian Khachanov.

Roger Federer will miss the French Open after deciding to have knee surgery. "I hoped it would go away, but after an examination, and discussion with my team, I chose to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday".

His road to the Australian Open title included wins over Roger Federer in the semifinals and Dominic Thiem in a five-set final. But it's quite invasive. I know it creates also a psychological trauma.

"I'm really sad to see Roger and Kevin Anderson going through that kind of procedure". He also said that Roger is Roger and a sport like tennis needs him.

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