ATP 500 Predictions: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

ATP 500 Predictions: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

The Dubai Duty-Free tennis tournament is off and running on Monday, with some of the best players in the world taking the court in the United Arab Emirates. Included in that group are players like Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Alexander Zverev. Here, we look at the ATP odds, tournament draw and what players could end up making a run to the title in this ATP 500-level event.


Tennis Predictions: ATP 500 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships


Possible Djokovic/Medvedev Semifinal

When the draw for this tournament came out, the thing that stuck out the most was the fact that Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev are in the same half of the draw. That means a final between the two stars is impossible, as they would have to meet in the semifinals if they get that far. With the draw around them being incredibly favorable, it is incredibly likely that we see a Djokovic vs Medvedev semifinal in Dubai.

However, Medvedev could run into some fatigue-related issues after making a run to the title in Doha last week. He had to overcome a stern challenge from Andy Murray in the final, winning that 250-level tournament. It is incredibly hard to make deep runs in tournaments in consecutive weeks on the ATP Tour, so it will be worth keeping an eye on Medvedev’s fitness levels leading up to a potential semifinal against Djokovic.


FAA Could Reach Final

On the other half of the draw, things could line up nicely for Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach a 500-level final in Dubai. His half of the draw includes Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev as the other marquee players, with Zverev only recently returning from a devastating ankle injury suffered at the 2022 French Open. As a result, it could be the Canadian that makes a run to the final at this tournament.

Rublev is another major contender to get to the final from that half of the draw, in spite of his consistency issues. If Rublev can avoid blasting his forehand into the net and wide, which is a regular issue for him, he could find a way through the draw to set up a championship match with either Djokovic or his countryman in Medvedev.


Djokovic To Crush Competition

At the end of the day, the Dubai Duty Free tennis tournament is likely to go the way of Novak Djokovic. He should have the edge over his rival in Medvedev, thanks to the sheer amount of tennis that Medvedev has had to play over the last week or so. Outside of Medvedev, he should be a convincing favorite over every player left in the draw, as Djokovic’s run of dominance in 2023 will continue.

For those willing to be more adventurous in the outright betting markets for this tournament, Auger-Aliassime or Karen Khachanov could be worth taking a look at. Khachanov is coming off of a deep run at the Australian Open, and has beaten Djokovic in a big match in the Paris Masters final a few seasons ago. As unlikely as it will be, these two players could get it done in Dubai.

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