Youzhny plays against Federer in Dubai and he has a poor form if we judge his matches from last year. The Russian is currently under 55th position in the rank list with 860 points. He has played well last time out and defeated both Kavcic and Stakhovsky. This is one of his most successful tournaments and he managed to reach the finals in 2010 as well as two quarterfinals afterwards.
Federer lost surprisingly against Seppi in Melbourne and this will be his first match after the defeat. The Swiss is a more attacking player, but Youzhny experience can make him dangerous. Youzhny is rated as the underdog but he has all the tools to sit comfortable in this match as he troubled Federer in their last encounter in Halle when lost 1-2. Altough it's not likely to see any surprise here, we suggest that there'll be some resistance and over 19.5 games in the match.