In 2021 the competition was held in October and reserved many surprises, including the final winner: the British Cameron Norrie, who managed to win in the final act with the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, will be called to defend the title of the first.
Master 1000 of the 2022 tennis season. Great pressure and expectation for the English, who played an excellent tournament, taking advantage of some absences of the Big and several unexpected defeats, such as that of the Russian Daniil Medvedev, who was the number one favorite.
The Bnp Paribas Open has returned this year to the usual location of the ATP tour and will have practically all the best players in the world at the starting line: Serbian Novak Djokovic, who will return to play in Dubai, is regularly registered for the event and will be the main one.
seeded. Present Medvedev, the German Alexander Zverev who is not experiencing a brilliant moment in the circuit and the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who in the last year reached at least the quarter-finals in nine of the 10 Masters 1000 events.
There will be Italians: Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner will lead the group, also composed of Lorenzo Sonego, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Musetti and Gianluca Mager. Confirmed the absences of the Swiss champion Roger Federer and the Japanese Kei Nishikori, who had hip surgery, whose stop should last about six months.
The British Andy Murray is waiting for the wild card, which will most likely be granted to him to participate in the tournament.
Federer has had a troubling past couple of years
In a recent interview with Eurosport Tennis, Roger Federer revealed he considers his 2017 Australian Open triumph one of the three most important victories of his career.
"[The 2017 Australian Open] was my victory just as I was on the comeback. That was something so ultra-special. Definitely top three in my life, as a tennis moment for me," Federer said. "This is so high up there because it came so unexpectedly, and it was against Rafa in the final.
It just had everything. At the end, the moment showed what it meant to me, and still today. It was very, very special." The Swiss maestro also reminisced about his final against Nadal at Melbourne Park in 2009. "[The 2009 Australian Open final] was maybe one of the best matches I think Rafa and I ever played against each other.
It was incredible what he was able to dig out. It wasn't a super fast court and I just felt like I had to try all the tricks I had in the book to try to maneuver him around," he said.