Novak Djokovic endured his sizzling early season shape on Monday after cruising previous Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 to energy into the second one spherical of the Dubai Championships. The top seed and four-time champion used to be taking part in right here for the primary time since 2016, and made brief paintings of Jaziri, who’s ranked 260 on the earth.
Novak Djokovic owns a great 14-Zero checklist this season after profitable a identify for Serbia on the ATP Cup adopted through a record-extending 8th Australian Open crown.
The sector primary crashed seven aces previous Jaziri in a fit that lasted little greater than an hour.
He reeled off the outlet set in not up to part an hour, broke two times in the second one set and served out the win on his first fit level.
He’s going to face Philipp Kohlschreiber within the subsequent spherical after the German veteran complicated previous Egyptian Mohamed Safwat 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
“I am more than happy with how I performed. I have no longer performed (right here since 2016), I have ignored this court docket and the town,” mentioned Djokovic.
“Philipp can ship his absolute best recreation in all these fits. He is very succesful, I’m going to you ought to be in a position.”
Previous, Karen Khachanov earned a 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 win over Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin to succeed in the second one spherical.
The sector quantity 17, who lives within the emirate, two times hit again from a destroy down within the opening set earlier than cruising thru the second one.
“The primary spherical is beautiful tricky, I at all times attempt to get used to it,” mentioned Russian Khachanov.
“I am in reality glad I may get the win. I’ve every other fit, every other alternative to play higher, like at all times, to make stronger.”
Khachanov’s compatriot Andrey Rublev, ranked 14 on the earth, additionally moved into the second one spherical following a 6-4, 6-Four win over Italian Lorenzo Musetti, whilst France’s Richard Gasquet beat South African qualifier Lloyd Harris 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.