The Swiss will meet Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in first-round action at Dubai.
Eight Top 15 players will descend on Dubai next week for the men’s portion of the two-week tennis festival known as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Women put on an incredible show, with Belinda Bencic capping off a brilliant run by defeating Petra Kvitova in the final and, based on the loaded men’s singles draw, the ATP side of things promises to be every bit as spectacular.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer, seeded second, will begin his bid for his 100th career title with a tough first-round clash with Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Federer could face Fernando Verdasco in the second round and Milos Raonic in the quarters, if seeds hold.
If you want to know more about Federer and his plans for the clay this spring, check out Reem Abulleil’s column with quotes from Federer from Dubai.
Roger Federer says his decision to play on the clay this year isn't because he's planning his farewell tour.
"This doesn't mean this is my last clay court season, whatever, or I had to play one more time before I retired. That was not the thinking."https://t.co/1UW95UWI4q
— Reem Abulleil (@ReemAbulleil) February 24, 2019
Kei Nishikori is the top seed and the Japanese star will face Benoit Paire in his first round. Nishikori could face last week’s Marseille champion Stefanos Tsitsipas if the seeds hold.
See the full Dubai draw below to find out where the other seeds have landed in this stacked 500-level draw.
Dubai draw features:
Fed v Kohlscreiber r1
Khachanov v Basilashvili r1
Cilic v Monfils r1 pic.twitter.com/WmgHtwa23G
— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) February 23, 2019