Djokovic's 700th win puts him 12th all-time

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached the milestone after beating Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 and ranks third among active players.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached the milestone after beating Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 and ranks third among active players.PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI • World No. 1 Novak Djokovic recorded his 700th career win on Wednesday, when he cruised past Tunisia's Malek Jaziri and into the Dubai Tennis Championships quarter-finals.

He won 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes and was set to face Spain's Feliciano Lopez yesterday.

The 28-year-old Serb moves to 12th on the all-time win list, which is headed by Jimmy Connors of the United States, who racked up 1,254 in his career.

Djokovic is the third active player to pass the milestone, following in the footsteps of Roger Federer (1,067) and Rafael Nadal (775).

He had 25 unforced errors in what could not be called a perfect performance but which still carried him to 14-0 this season.

"I've played a lot of matches and I'm very pleased and very proud of each win I've had," said the 11-time Grand Slam winner, who was presented on court with a gluten-free cake to mark the occasion. Organisers also created a #nole700 hashtag in honour of his latest feat.

"I started as a professional just over 10 years ago. I love this sport with all of my heart and enjoy every moment of it," said the four-time champion in the emirate.

"I expect a lot from myself, I'm trying to improve and get better in every element of my game."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2016, with the headline 'Djokovic's 700th win puts him 12th all-time'. Print Edition | Subscribe