Thiem declared that in Dubai it is hotter and the surface is faster comparing to Doha. The things did not go well for Rublev there, while these conditions should be more against him.
Popyrin is coming to Dubai after his title win in Singapore. In his first match here he beat Novak, 2-0. This win this bet, he will need to beat Khachanov, Chardy and the winner between Shapo/Struff – Gasquet/Hurkacz.
The two favorites both looked to struggle in the past weeks, we see them as 50-50 matches.
Khachanov had a strange choke last week against Gerasimov, it is worth betting against him today.
Shapovalov had a lot of MTOs in this period, looks like he is not 100% fit.
As for the other match-ups Popyrin should be slight favorite, so the odds are quite big.