Novak Djokovic continued his sizzling early season kind on Monday after cruising previous Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 to energy into the second spherical of the Dubai Championships. The top seed and four-time champion was taking part in right here for the primary time since 2016, and made brief work of Jaziri, who’s ranked 260 on the earth.
Novak Djokovic owns an ideal 14-Zero document this season after successful a title for Serbia on the ATP Cup adopted by a record-extending eighth Australian Open crown.
The world primary crashed seven aces previous Jaziri in a match that lasted little greater than an hour.
He reeled off the opening set in lower than half an hour, broke twice within the second set and served out the win on his first match level.
He will face Philipp Kohlschreiber within the subsequent spherical after the German veteran superior previous Egyptian Mohamed Safwat 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
“I’m very pleased with how I played. I’ve not played (here since 2016), I’ve missed this court and the city,” mentioned Djokovic.
“Philipp can deliver his best game in these kind of matches. He’s very capable, I’ll try to be ready.”
Earlier, Karen Khachanov earned a 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 win over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin to achieve the second spherical.
The world quantity 17, who lives within the emirate, twice hit again from a break down within the opening set earlier than cruising by way of the second.
“The first round is pretty tough, I always try to get used to it,” mentioned Russian Khachanov.
“I’m really happy I could get the win. I have another match, another opportunity to play better, like always, to improve.”
Khachanov’s compatriot Andrey Rublev, ranked 14 on the earth, additionally moved into the second spherical following a 6-4, 6-Four win over Italian Lorenzo Musetti, whereas France’s Richard Gasquet beat South African qualifier Lloyd Harris 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.