Novak Djokovic kicked off his season at this week’s ATP 500 event in Dubai, competing for the first time since the last year’s Davis Cup Finals. Novak scored two victories before losing to a qualifier Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6 in the quarter-final, failing to claim the sixth title in the desert.Thus, Djokovic could not conquer the 14th ATP 500 hard-court title and move in front of Roger Federer, as they still share the record with 13. Novak’s last ATP 500 crown came in Dubai two years ago, making a great start of the season and extending it in the desert for his fifth Dubai crown.It was Novak’s first trophy at this event since 2013, making a great start and surviving a stern Gael Monfils’ challenge to advance into the fi …

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