The 31-year-old Federer has won the Dubai Tennis Championship five times in his career, including last year in straight sets over Murray.
The similarities between last year's Dubai Championships and this year's are very similar for Federer: Both years he came off disappointing Australian Open semi-final losses, and he's still hungry to win when plenty of people have seemed to cast him off.
But Federer is still one of the best tennis players in the world and should still be considered a favorite in Dubai.
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Tsonga also made headlines when he shocked Federer at Wimbledon in 2011.
But this is a different Federer. This is a Federer who knew the competition would be difficult, and a clean state of mind would be vital to his success this season.
Federer is still a master of his craft, and a win in Dubai will help set the tone during the early stages of the season.