The Serbian prima bushed Gaël Monfils 6-3 6-2 connected Tuesday, guaranteeing helium would stay arsenic satellite No. 1 for a record-extending 369th week.
The triumph besides extended his cleanable grounds implicit the Frenchman to 18 from arsenic galore matches, meaning helium becomes the archetypal antheral successful the Open epoch to clasp an 18-0 ATP head-to-head against an opponent.
Djokovic volition present look three-time expansive slam victor Andy Murray successful the past 16 aft the British subordinate stunned Denis Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2.
"I don't person immoderate mentation for that, I conscionable effort to attack it similar immoderate different match," Djokovic said of the grounds against Monfils.
"I conjecture his crippled is suitable to my crippled successful presumption of playing style. But we've had immoderate precise adjacent matchups. The past clip we played successful Dubai helium had lucifer points, truthful that could person easy breached the record.
"I don't deliberation astir that excessively much. For maine mentally, this is simply a precise important win."
Although Monfils showed wherefore he's 1 of the astir entertaining players to watch, erstwhile 20-time expansive slam champion Djokovic saved 3 interruption points aboriginal on, Monfils ne'er troubled Djokovic astatine the Manolo Santana Stadium.
Monfils won the victor count, 18 to 11, but Djokovic showed his acquisition and know-how.
Playing successful conscionable his 4th tourney since returning from a tumultuous clip distant from tennis, Djokovic is inactive moving his mode to his champion form.
"I played 1 of the astir diversion and quickest players that we person successful the game," Djokovic said. "I cognize his crippled precise well. I cognize I person to ever beryllium acceptable that different shot volition ever travel backmost from his portion of the court, that you person to perpetually effort to person a controlled aggression ... and dictate the point.
"I was moving well, dictating with the forehand side, moving him astir the tribunal and uncovering my service (and) besides the past fewer work games, (finding my) return."