2018 Dubai - ATP 500

Who will win the tournament?


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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Weakest 500 ever.
How soon we forget 2017 Hamburg, won by LL Leo Mayer!:eek:

Top seed was ARV, ranked at #24. On top of this, two WCs were Haas doing a farewell tour and teenager Altmaier. There were also two protected ranking entrants (Haider-Maurer and Tursunov) who had played three tour level matches prior to Hamburg.

Dubai is soft but not even close to that joke last summer.
 

Kalin

Legend
When you look at the lineup, the first thought that goes through your mind is, "nah, I will pass." :D
As a potential ticket buyer; this is the only reasonable way of thinking, given the lineup :) But I really wish Roger had thought otherwise... he would have sleepwalked through this.
 

Pagoo

G.O.A.T.
As a potential ticket buyer; this is the only reasonable way of thinking, given the lineup :) But I really wish Roger had thought otherwise... he would have sleepwalked through this.
Yes. But defending IW and Miami is more important. Dubai just doesn't work with his schedule especially with the match for Africa. He probably doesn't want to be jetlagged going from Switzerland to Dubai to San Francisco.

Let's hope it pays off. An early Denadalization in Acapulco would help too.:p
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
Tournament director Salah Tahlak says he spoke to Federer’s agent Tony Godsick two days ago and the American informed him the Swiss has chosen to rest this upcoming week before heading to Indian Wells and Miami where he is defending champion in both.

I understand and I believe whatever’s good for him is good for us. You can’t really push him more,” Tahlak said in an interview with Sport360 and The National.

Because had he not won in Rotterdam he would have definitely come here. I really respect him, as a professional and as an athlete. He’s on top of all athletes really, with all due respect to all the players, WTA and ATP, but I think he’s a really different personality. He’s so classy and has done well for the game, has done well for Dubai. He’s a legend.”

Tahlak added: “For him it would have been a good year to come and then maybe add another 500 points. It would have been easier for him. It’s always difficult when (Rafael) Nadal and (Novak) Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan (Wawrinka), none of them were here, so it would have been easy for him.

Again, in the end he decided with his coach and physios, they know him best. As Tony said he has to look at it health-wise, because in August he’s going to be 37 years old. For me, I can’t say anything, but that I wish him all the best.

Tahlak sounded confident that Federer will be coming to compete in Dubai in the future, saying: “Probably, because Tony (his agent) said yes, if we can plan things ahead, he will come back next year.

For a tournament that has an ATP 500 status, Dubai has often had such strong fields that resembled some of the biggest events in the world.

Federer, Djokovic, Murray and many other marquee names have frequented the tournament but this year, Grigor Dimitrov is the only top-10 player present in the draw.

Tahlak has confirmed that Dimitrov has indeed arrived to Dubai.

“Dimitrov is here. He’s not staying here (pointing to the on-site Jumeirah Creekside hotel), he wants to be away from the rest, you know, typical top-10 player,” said Tahlak.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bfi43fVjB65/?taken-by=grigordimitrov

Tahlak says that the tournament usually secures deals with top players as early as Wimbledon the previous year, although sometimes negotiations are completed by the US Open. He revealed that in the past, multiple three-year deals were made with Federer and Djokovic to play in Dubai.

Andy confirmed and then halfway through said he can’t make it. Stan almost, 50/50, Novak 50/50. At the same time, the rest they will go to Acapulco,” admitted Tahlak.

Acapulco used to be played on clay up until it was switched to hard-court in 2014. Tahlak says that change has had a negative effect on the Dubai tournament.

It’s a direct competition. Double-up week, very difficult. It was better when they were clay, but since they changed court in 2014 it’s a direct competition, a direct head-to-head with us,” said the Emirati.

Another advantage Acapulco has got, is that it’s closer to Indian Wells. It’s a three-hour flight versus 15 hours.

While Tahlak is confident that the Dubai tournament has enough tradition to attract fans even without the usual star-studded field, he says people should also start realising that a transitional period is coming in tennis where the likes of Federer and Nadal will retire and younger players will take their place.

A lot of them don’t understand it’s no longer like it was. Like in football, at one point people will no longer think about Messi or Ronaldo, in a way the players will all fade out one day, they’re all going to go,” he says.

So we have to accept that. I think we’ve been good for many years and I believe we should focus on the new generation. That’s really also what ATP president Chris Kermode is promoting at the moment, the Next Generation. Because how many more years will Roger last? Two more? And even Nadal… all of them. It’s the end of their tennis careers. The younger ones are doing well as well.

The fans should understand tennis is like any other sport. It moves up and down, this is the game.

Tahlak also hit out at offseason exhibition tournaments, saying they are contributing to the increase in players’ injuries.

Another problem is that a lot of players they do also play in the offseason, so that gives them more money, but also more injuries and more risk to their health. Some of them use it as practice,” he added.

Financially it means a lot for them, but also a risk of injuries. And that’s what we’re all suffering from, the other tournaments.

http://sport360.com/article/tennis/269005/roger-federer-will-not-compete-in-dubai-tournament-director-says-hell-probably-come-in-the-future
 

fedtennisphan

Hall of Fame
As a potential ticket buyer; this is the only reasonable way of thinking, given the lineup :) But I really wish Roger had thought otherwise... he would have sleepwalked through this.
That’s not the point. Federer HAS OTHER PLANS. Federer doesn’t need to make decisions on where to play based on the field.
 

van_Loederen

Semi-Pro
oh sh**
and i guess that Pouille will exit early here (after a hard week in Marseille). :rolleyes:

will Dimi still find a way to lose this? :cool:
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
I'm very interested in how well Krajinovic fares in his biggest outdoor tournament since crashing the party from qualies at Paris-Bercy to the final. His injury pre-AO delayed this test.
 

Bukmeikara

Hall of Fame
I cant believe Fed isnt vulturing this one. He's gonna practice everyday during this break anyway, why not earn some points doing it.
There is no such thing like vulturing. Its hard work and dedication and Federer understands nothing is given. Playing matches, no mather how easy the draw, is mentally challenging - every player out there would give his best against Roger. Part of the process is to respect your opponent, the game and accept the possibility that there is no shame in losing.

You are clearly a big fan of Roger but instead off mirroring his incredible human qualities like humility, respect and inner peace, you choose to "grab" his success like its your own and act/writte arrogant stuff ala Paire or Tomic... Shame, shame, shame
 

AiRFederer

Hall of Fame
There is no such thing like vulturing. Its hard work and dedication and Federer understands nothing is given. Playing matches, no mather how easy the draw, is mentally challenging - every player out there would give his best against Roger. Part of the process is to respect your opponent, the game and accept the possibility that there is no shame in losing.

You are clearly a big fan of Roger but instead off mirroring his incredible human qualities like humility, respect and inner peace, you choose to "grab" his success like its your own and act/writte arrogant stuff ala Paire or Tomic... Shame, shame, shame
Ok bro.
 

van_Loederen

Semi-Pro
^hehehe, rebuked by a penguin. :D
I cant believe Fed isnt vulturing this one. He's gonna practice everyday during this break anyway, why not earn some points doing it.
(you are a noob to the sport? o_O)
because vulturing Dubai is still much tougher (at the very least mentally) than practicing (aside from the qualitative differences).
plus he would have needed to practice also prior to Dubai, when he actually took a rest.

yes, at first glance it looks like a missed chance, but at the Masters right after, there are more points at stake and excelling in all 3 tourneys would be too much to ask for, even from his more deluded followers, no?
 
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Mainad

Bionic Poster
I cant believe Fed isnt vulturing this one. He's gonna practice everyday during this break anyway, why not earn some points doing it.
Best ask Fed what happened last year when he tried to 'vulture' his way through the Dubai draw? ;)
 

EloQuent

G.O.A.T.
Unless Dimi is injured or sick, he should cruise through this easily enough. He's a pretty steady top 10 player and everyone else here is way lower in skill.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
Sigh...FEDERER CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS.
He can. And I wouldn't expect anything else.
And we can make whatever "suggestions" we like and say what we'd prefer him to do as well.
We're allowed to do that.

Obviously he's unlikely to actually listen to us, but that's kinda beside the point. We're just talking.
 

fedtennisphan

Hall of Fame
He can. And I wouldn't expect anything else.
And we can make whatever "suggestions" we like and say what we'd prefer him to do as well.
We're allowed to do that.

Obviously he's unlikely to actually listen to us, but that's kinda beside the point. We're just talking.
The “suggestions” should have been over when Federer decided against playing Dubai. Federer is with his family. Federer didn’t care about the Dubai field. He rather spend his time elsewhere.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Yup

Looking at the draw would be a massive waste not to

WTF has happened ot Dubai btw - 6x Top 10 player in Acapulco this week competing for nearly half the prize money
A final will get him above Cilic but #3 and #4 are irrelevant for IW draw purposes.

Dubai is hurt by the Murrovic injuries and the Rogerdam strategy but the time zone/flight time difference gives Acapulco a real advantage to players looking ahead to the first MS1000 of the year.
 
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