Four weeks after lifting the record-extending 10th Norman Brookes Challenge Cup at the Australian Open, Nole is set to return to court in Dubai.

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

The event takes place at the Aviation Club Tennis Centre (February 27-March 4).

Novak will open his Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign against Czech qualifier Tomas Machac (ATP #120) on Tuesday at 16.00 CET.

The top-seeded Serbian star could meet either Constant Lestienne (FRA) or Tallon Griekspoor (NED) in the second round.

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

Quarter-finals: Hubert Hurkacz (POL, 5), Andy Murray (GBR)
Semi-finals: Daniil Medvedev (RUS, 3), Borna Coric (CRO, 8)
Finals: Andrey Rublev (RUS, 2), Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN, 4), Karen Khachanov (RUS, 6), Alexander Zverev (GER, 7)

Novak is making his 13th appearance (43-7 record), aiming for his sixth crown.

Last year he was stopped by Czech Jiri Vesely in the quarter-final (4-6, 6-7).

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