ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Djokovic Bidding for Sixth Dubai Title
The men’s tour is preparing to take to the United Arab Emirates for the highly anticipated ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships — the second of back-to-back men’s events in the Middle East following this week’s Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. Admittedly, Dubai, an ATP 500 event, attracts some of the world’s best players, including World No. 1 and five-time champion Novak Djokovic. That means tennis bettors will not only be treated to the highest level of tennis in the game, but also plenty of action and betting angles for profit in the 2023 ATP Dubai Betting Odds markets this week.
As ever, we’ve got you primed for the Dubai tournament with a handy betting preview that includes the up-to-date 2023 ATP Dubai Betting Odds.
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Following Rotterdam and Rio de Janeiro, Dubai is the third stop on the ATP 500 tennis schedule. Djokovic will lead a star-studded draw that includes defending champion Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev, Andy Murray (wild card), and Alexander Zverev among several others.
The list of Dubai champions is a veritable who’s who of tennis, beginning with the winningest player and fan favorite Roger Federer, who owns a record eight titles in Dubai. Novak Djokovic follows the maestro with five titles, while Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Thomas Muster and Goran Ivanisevic are just some of the most recognisable names to have also graced the podium of this prestigious event.
In 2022, Jiri Vesely upset Djokovic in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The Czech backed up the upset by defeating Denis Shapovalov 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the semis. However, Vesely’s Cinderella run ended at the hands of Andrey Rublev in the final. The Russian beat Vesely 6-4, 6-3 to win his maiden Dubai title.
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
ATP Dubai Betting Preview
- Djokovic is appearing in his first tournament since winning the 2023 Australian Open title, a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title. According to the ATP odds, he’s the player to beat, priced at -138 as per the latest odds.
- World No. 5 Rublev comes into Dubai on a modest 5-5 record. To date, the Russian’s best run was at the Australian Open where he reached the quarterfinals (l. to Djokovic). In Qatar, he went 1-1 after crashing out to Jiri Lehecka in the second round. He’s the fourth overall best bet +1000.
- Medvedev is coming off his second straight title of the season in Qatar. After winning in Rotterdam, the Russian lifted the ExxonMobil Open title in Doha, beating Murray 6-4, 6-4 in the final. As such, Medvedev is the next-best bet after Djokovic to win the Dubai title.
- Felix Auger-Aliassime is the third-best bet at +900, a market outlook that is underscored by a semifinal appearance in Doha (l. to Medvedev).
- Lehecka is coming off a standout run in Qatar, reaching the semifinals (l. to Murray). The 21-year-old rising star is 13-4 on the season and a value bet at +2200.
- Zverev comes into Dubai still searching for good form. He was a first round casualty in Qatar, losing to Murray in three sets, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 5-7. Between missing most of last season with an injury and his questionable form, the German might be overvalued as the sixth-best bet, tied with Lehecka on +2200 odds.
ATP Dubai Draw Preview
Djokovic falls into the same quarter as No. 5 seed Hubert Hurkacz, putting them on a collision course in the quarterfinals. Djokovic, the top favorite according to the 2023 ATP Dubai Betting Odds and the player to beat, opens his campaign against Tomas Machac. Should he overcome the 22-year-old Czech, he will take on the winner of Tallon Griekspoor vs Constant Lestienne in the R16.
Hurkacz opens his campaign against former champion Murray. Arguably, this is the blockbuster matchup of the first round and the toughest to predict given Murray’s recent form. The winner of this first round clash will take on the winner of Alexei Popyrin and qualifier Pavel Kotov.
First Quarter Prediction: Djokovic vs Murray
No. 3 seed Medvedev headlines the second quarter, which includes No. 8 seed Borna Coric. The Russian opens his campaign against lucky loser Matteo Arnaldi. Then, in the R16, he is slated to face the winner of Alexander Bublik and qualifier Alexander Lazarov.
Coric’s path to the quarterfinals appears more challenging. In the R32, the veteran Croatian opens against Daniel Evans. The winner will face the winner of the R32 matchup between Thanasi Kokkinakis and lucky loser Quentin Halys.
Second Quarter Prediction: Medvedev vs Evans
Top-half Semifinal Prediction: Djokovic vs Medvedev
Zverev and Auger-Aliassime hug opposite ends of the third quarter –a section that is stacked in potential stumbling blocks and could deliver surprising outcomes. Zverev’s first round opponent is in-form Lehecka. The winner will face the winner of Emil Ruusuvuori and qualifier Christopher O’Connell.
Auger-Aliassime’s path to the final eight isn’t straightforward. The Canadian opens against big-serving American Maxime Cressy. In the R16, a potential matchup against Lorenzo Sonego or Marc-Andrea Huesler looms.
Third Quarter Prediction: Lehecka vs Sonego
Defending champion and No. 2 seed Rublev draws compatriot and No. 6 seed Karen Khachanov. The pair are on course for a quarterfinal showdown should the draw fall in line with the seeding.
Rublev opens his bid against dangerous floater Filip Krajinovic. In the R16, a potential matchup against Alejandro Davidovich-Fokina or wild card Malek Jaziri looms.
Khachanov’s path to the final eight is similarly challenging with an opener against Botic Van De Zandschulp. Then, a matchup against the winner of Mikael Ymer or lucky loser looms to decide a spot in the quarterfinals.
Fourth Quarter Prediction: Khachanov vs Davidovich-Fokina
Bottom half Semifinal Prediction: Khachanov vs Lehecka
Final Prediction: Medvedev vs LeheckaFollow us on Twitter