Novak Djokovic continues hot streak to cruise into second round in Dubai – tennis
Novak Djokovic continued his hot early season type on Monday after cruising previous Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 to energy into the second round of the Dubai Championships.
The prime seed and 4-time champion was taking part in Dubai for the primary time since 2016 and made quick work of Jaziri, who’s ranked 260 in the world.
Djokovic owns an ideal 14-Zero report this season after profitable a title for Serbia on the ATP Cup adopted by a report-extending eighth Australian Open crown.
The world primarily 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 in the second set and served out the win on his first match level.
He will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the subsequent round 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 this kind of match. 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 attain the second round.
The world quantity 17, who lives in the emirate, twice hit again from a break down in 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 in the world, additionally moved into the second round 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.