ATP Dubai: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Roger Federer headline

The Swiss star will be looking to defend his title against the likes of the inform Brit, as well as the returning Roger Federer.

ATP Dubai: Defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Roger Federer headline
Stan Wawrinka defeated Marcos Baghdatis to win the title, pictured above, in Dubai last year (Getty/Warren Little)

The field for the ATP side of the Dubai Tennis Championships has been confirmed, with seven-time champion Roger Federer and world number one Andy Murray headlining the tournament.

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka, who beat Marcos Baghdatis in the final last year, is also returning to defend the title, with Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils the other notable names in action.

World number two Novak Djokovic, a four-time champion, who retired in the quarterfinals last year, has not entered this time around.

Star attractions Federer and Murray headline the contenders

The tournament has secured two of the sport’s biggest stars, with Federer looking for his eighth title and Murray looking for his title; he lost to the Swiss star in the final in 2012.

Roger Federer in action during a practice session in Melbourne ahead of next week's Australian Open (Getty/Michael Dodge)
Roger Federer in action during a practice session in Melbourne ahead of next week's Australian Open (Getty/Michael Dodge)

It will be interesting to see what shape Federer, who missed the second half of 2016 with injury, will be in after a few weeks back on tour, whilst it will also be interesting to see if Murray is able to keep up his form of the past few months and stay at the top of the rankings.

Wawrinka headlines other stars

Following a successful 2016, three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka will be aiming to defend his title as he looks to remain in the top five in the rankings; the Swiss will be one of the favorites for the title.

Furthermore, Berdych, who lost in the 2013 final to Djokovic and the 2014 final to Federer, will be aiming to go one step further this time around. However, he will also be looking to move up the rankings after a disappointing 2016 by his standards.

Gael Monfils practicing in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, which takes place next week (Getty/Michael Dodge)
Gael Monfils practicing in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, which takes place next week (Getty/Michael Dodge)

Also in action will be Gael Monfils, for whom 2016 was one of the best years of his career. It will be interesting to see if the talented Frenchman can maintain his consistency and challenge for the title against other huge names.


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