The United Arab Emirates welcomes one of its most decorated champions this week, Novak Djokovic. The World No. 1 and five-time Dubai title-holder is aiming to win his sixth title in the Arabian Gulf state, but he headlines a star-studded cast that includes plenty of stumbling blocks, including defending champion Andrey Rublev, former champion Andy Murray and a crop of rising stars on the ATP Tour that are eager to steal some of the limelight.
Will Djokovic triumph as the tournament favorite and the player to beat? Or is there a champion lurking elsewhere in the draw?
Join us as we preview the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships draw alongside the tennis odds powered by BetUS Sportsbook. We’ve got you covered for what is sure to be a stellar week of tennis betting.
ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Odds
- Novak Djokovic -138
- Daniil Medvedev +400
- Felix Auger-Aliassime +900
- Andrey Rublev +1000
- Karen Khachanov +1400
- Alexander Zverev +2200
- Jiri Lehecka +2200
- Hubert Hurkacz +2500
- Emil Ruusuvuori +4000
- Andy Murray +4000
- Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina +4000
- Borna Coric +4000
- Botic Van De Zandschulp +5000
- Lorenzo Sonego +5000
- Thanasi Kokkinakis +5000
- Mikael Ymer + 6600
- Tallon Griekspoor +6600
- Maxime Cressy +6600
- Alexander Bublik +6600
- Benjamin Bonzi +6600
- Daniel Evans +8000
- Filip Krajinovic +10000
- Alexei Popyrin +12500
- Marc-Andrea Huesler +12500
- Constant Lestienne +20000
- Malek Jaziri +25000
First Quarter – Djokovic and Hurkacz
No. 1 seed Djokovic and No. 5 seed Hubert Hurkacz fall into the first quarter of the draw, setting them on a collision course in the quarterfinals.
Djokovic is set to open his bid against Czech qualifier Tomas Machac. Djokovic is the runaway favorite to win his Dubai opener at the expense of the 22-year-old Czech. Should he deliver on that favoritism as expected, Djokovic will face the winner of Tallon Griekspoor versus Constant Lestienne in the second round.
Hurkacz got no favors from the draw as he is set to take on in-form Andy Murray in the R32. The former champion arrives in Dubai on the back of a runner-up finish in Qatar (l. to Medvedev). As it is, the market is coy between them with both players tipped at -110 to win outright on the moneyline.
The winner of Hurkacz versus Murray will face the winner of Alexei Popyrin and qualifier Pavel Kotov in the R16 to decide a spot in the quarterfinals.
- First Quarter Prediction: Djokovic vs Murray
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) February 25, 2023
Second Quarter – Mevedev and Coric
No. 3 seed Medvedev and No. 8 seed Borna Coric fall into a loaded second quarter. The Russian is flush off a title win in Doha – his second title in as many weeks. The Croatian arrives in Dubai on mixed form that belies his seeding. For that reason, he’s probably vulnerable to the upset.
Medvedev gets his bid underway against lucky loser Matteo Arnaldi. Should he overcome Arnaldi, he’ll face the winner of Alexander Bublik and qualifier Alexander Lazarov for a spot in the final eight.
Coric will take on Daniel Evans in the R32. The winner of Coric versus Evans will face the winner of Thanasi Kokkinakis and lucky loser Quentin Halys in the R16.
- Second Quarter Prediction: Medvedev vs Halys
— Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) February 25, 2023
Third Quarter – Zverev and Auger-Aliassime
Alexander Zverev and Felix Auger-Aliassime fall into a formidable third quarter that is littered with dangerous floaters. Indeed, the German, right out of the gate, faces a potential stumbling block in Jiri Lehecka.
The Czech is riding the momentum of a semifinal appearance at the ExxonMobil Open (l. to Medvedev), a run of form that has earned him consideration among the Top 6 best-bets here. The winner of the blockbuster matchup between Zverev and Lehecka will face the winner of Emil Ruusuvuori and qualifier Christopher O’Connell.
Auger-Aliassime opens his bid against big-serving American Maxime Cressy. The Canadian was a semifinalist in Doha and enters the draw as the third-best bet to win the title after Djokovic and Medvedev. In the R16, the winner of Auger-Aliassime versus Cressy will face the winner of Lorenzo Sonego versus Marc-Andrea Huesler looms.
- Third Quarter Prediction: Lehecka vs Cressy
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 23, 2023
Fourth Quarter – Rublev and Khachanov
The fourth quarter is the Russian quarter featuring defending champion and No. 2 seed Rublev and No. 6 seed Karen Khachanov.
Rublev will begin his title defense campaign against Filip Krajinovic. In the R16, the Russian could face either Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina or wild card Malek Jaziri looms.
Khachanov will open his bid against dangerous floater Botic Van De Zandschulp. In the R16, the winner of Khachanov versus Van de Zandschulp will face either Mikael Ymer or a lucky loser.
Fourth Quarter Prediction: Rublev vs Van de Zandschulp
Tallon Griekspoor with a nice message for Andrey Rublev: "You are a beast man"
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— Mario Boccardi (@marioboc17) February 22, 2023
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Betting Tips:
- Top half Semi Final Prediction: Murray vs Medvedev
- Bottom half Semi Final Prediction: Van de Zandschulp vs Lehecka
- Final Prediction: Murray vs Lehecka
- Winner: Murray