Frenchman Gilles Simon will take on Cypriot Marcos Baghdtis in the 1st round of the ATP 500 event in Dubai.
Simon enjoyed his best season in 2008 when he enjoyed victories over the world's best 3 players, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
Simon indeed managed to beat Federer twice in 2008, in the ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto and at the ATP Masters Cup at the O2 Arena in London.
Baghdtis on the other hand enjoyed the best year of his career back in 2006 when he reached the final of the Australian Open before losing to Federer in 4 sets.
The Cypriot then reached the Wimbledon Semi Finals for the 1st time in his career, before falling short against the World Number 2 Rafael Nadal in the Semi Finals in straight sets.
5 out of the world's top 10 are competeting in Dubai this week in what is without doubt the toughest ATP 500 to win.