2/21/13 3:30 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer has arrived "home" in Dubai after his charity foundation visit to South Africa this week, with the Swiss set to bid for a fifth title next week on court at the Aviation club.
Not far behind will be world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who will be making his first ATP appearance since winning the Australian Open almost a month ago.
Federer missed a chance last week on court in Rotterdam, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Julien Benneteau after winning the title in 2012. The 31-year-old is also defending the trophy in Dubai, where he spends training week.
Djokovic has won Dubai three times, 2009-11 before Federer broke that string of success a year ago.
"Dubai is always a great tournament. A lot of the players have the same opinion as me," Djokovic told local media in the run-up.
"We feel very comfortable in this tournament. The site is great and the weather of course is fantastic and the organizers make us feel really good. I really look forward to coming back. You always have very good and intensive matches here and the attendance is great."
Missing from the field will be two of the top four, with world No. 3 Andy Murray training privately in Miami and Rafael Nadal playing on clay in Acapulco as the Spaniard tries to steer clear of too much hard-court play.
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