Five-time former champion and world no.1 Novak Djokovic returns to action next week in Dubai where he won the ATP 500 event in 2009-11, 2013 and 2020.

The tournament that celebrates its 30th anniversary takes place at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre (February 21-26).

Novak will open his Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign against world no.57, Italian Lorenzo Musetti (WC, 1-0 H2H), in his first match of the 2022 season.

The top-seeded Serbian star could meet either Karen Khachanov (RUS) or Alex de Minaur (AUS) in the second round.

His possible opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:

Quarter-finals: Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP, 8), Marin Cilic (CRO)
Semi-finals: Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN, 3), Denis Shapovalov (CAN, 6)
Finals: Andrey Rublev (RUS, 2), Jannik Sinner (ITA, 4), Hubert Hurkacz (POL, 5), Aslan Karatsev (RUS, 7)

Novak is making his 12th appearance (41-6 record), aiming for his sixth crown.

He did not take part in the tournament in 2021.

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