Roger Federer would love to face Novak Djokovic in the semifinals but first up is his encounter with Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol, who will look to put up a worthy fight. Djokovic, on the other hand, would be looking to defend his championship but he has to get past Mikhail Youzhny in the quarters first.

Where to Watch Live

The first match of the day will start with Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Malek Jaziri at 3.00pm local time [4.30pm IST]. The Live Coverage will be on Ten Sports in India, and for online viewers, the day's play will be live streamed in India and UK HERE and HERE. ESPN will have live coverage for US and Australia, but to watch the action live online, click HERE or HERE. For viewers in Dubai, Al Jazeera does the live coverage, in case you need to live stream click HERE.

Dubai Open 2014
Roger Federer looks to further his record of five titles at the Dubai Open Championships. Reuters.

"Mikhail has been around for a long time, and he has one of the nicest and most efficient one handed backhands on the tour," the Serb said ahead of Thursday's match against Youzhny. "It seems a little bit unorthodox the way he holds his racquet, and then releases with two hands and in the end with one hand. But he's a very talented player."

Djokovic won the Dubai Open last year, beating Tomas Berdych in the final. And in his efforts to change the result this time around, the 2013 runner-up will face fifth-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters.

"Tsonga's a very tough opponent," said Berdych. "He's a really solid, established player from the Top 10. He really likes these very fast conditions. It's something that really suits his game. All the matches that we have played were very close, always a big battle. I'm really looking forward to that."

In the men's doubles, it is an interesting day for India as the Indo-Uzbek pair Mahesh Bhupati and Denis Istomin will face Indo-Pak duo Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi in quarterfinals. The match is scheduled for 6.30pm IST.