Daniil Medvedev will begin his title defense at the ATP tournament in Dubai with a match against Alexander Shevchenko. This will be his first time on the court after losing the Australian Open final.

The 28-year-old Russian dropped to fourth place in the rankings and announced the addition of former world No. 6 Gilles Simon to his coaching team. The Russian has decided to significantly reduce his playing load, devote more time to rest and recovery between tournaments, and communicate with his family.