After what happened in Australia and after the social division generated in its environment, Novak Djokovic returns to competitionin the Dubai tournament, in which he can participate despite not being vaccinated.
The Balkan will enter action in this 2022. He will jump onto the track to play a tournament that he has won five times, the last one two years ago. The Italian Lorenzo Mussettione of the hopes for the future on the circuit, will be his first opponent.
“I’m excited to come back and play here. Knowing that I was coming to Dubai, I had something to work on, I had a goal. So now that I’m here, I can say that I’m ready and excited about playing on tour again,” Djokovic said at a press conference with local media.
nole arrived in Dubai without any access problems. There are no vaccination requirements in the United Arab Emirates where it is enough to present a negative PCR result seventy-two hours before the trip. Therefore, there will be no debate for the Serbian holder of twenty major titles to jump onto the track to enlarge his history and start the journey through a course that started badly for his interests.
the serbian will open the racket to be part of an ATP 500 after having overlooked the first Grand Slam of the course and amid speculation about the possibilities of access to the rest of the tournaments due to the demands of the Covid.
Djokovic, who has not played since the Davis Cup semi-finals in early December, will return to face the Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the first round in Dubai. The transalpine is one of the benchmarks of what is known as the Next Gen. Invited by the tournament, the 19-year-old tennis player was a quarterfinalist in Rotterdam and Pune and did not pass the first round of the Australian Open beaten by the local Alex de Miñaur.
The still number one in the world already knows how the transalpine with whom he ran into Roland Garros last year in eighths. Mussetti ended up leaving after winning the first two sets and after seeing how the Serbian staged a resounding comeback to force the fifth set that the exhausted Italian refused to play.
So things and at the expense of the rules, nole will start his particular season with number one in the air. the russian Daniil Medvedev, finalist in Australia, is on the prowl. For the first time since 2004, with the American Andy Roddick, the top of the ranking has always been a matter of big four: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray. But the Muscovite can put an end to this and take the place on Monday, February 28.
If Medvedev wins in Acapulco, where he will meet Nadal, he will be number one even if Nole wins in Dubai. The Belgrade tennis player has been the best for 360 weeks, although at different times. and consecutively has not fallen from the top since February 3, 2020.
HOUR: 16:30 GMT (13:30 ARG-URU-CHI / 12:30 PAR-VEN-BOl / 11:30 COL-PER-ECU-MEX)
(With information from EFE)
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