World Number 2 Novak Djokovic will go into the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai desperate to defend his title and win his 1st tournament of 2010.
The Serb is now the highest ranked player in the tournament after world number 1 Roger Federer withdrew with a lung infection.
Djokovic reached the Quarter Finals at the Australian Open last month before losing out in 5 sets to the talented Frenchman Jo Wilfred Tsonga.
Djokovic won the Australian Open back in 2008 where he ironically beat Tsonga in 4 sets, to date that is the Serb's only Grand Slam triumph.
The Serb also won a Masters Series event last year, in Paris defeating home favourite Gael Monflis in an epic 3 set final.
In addition to that Djokovic also finished runner up in 4 Masters events last year, in Miami to Andy Murray, in Monte Carlo and Rome both to Rafael Nadal and in Cincinnati to Roger Federer.