Novak Djokovic has won his 700th career match, dispatching Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri 6-1 6-2 to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships.
At 28 years, nine months, he is the third active player to pass the milestone, following in the footsteps of his celebrated rivals, Roger Federer (1,067) and Rafael Nadal (775). By comparison, in the era of Djokovic, since November 2014, Federer has gone 76-15 and Nadal 69-24.
Djokovic, who joined the tour a decade ago told the crowd when asked about the milestone, that it “sounds like I played many matches in my career”.
“Every milestone is special and it gives you an extra incentive and motivation to play well. Being a part of the history books is a huge honour and is something that is always present, even though you try not to focus all your attention on the record-breaking opportunities. You use it for motivation and to push yourself to give your best.”
“I have tried to use the confidence that I have had, especially in the past couple of years, to see where I can reach,” Djokovic told ATPWorldTour.com. “I’ve set a very high standard for myself. Being 28 and at the peak of my abilities, I have all the reasons to believe I can stay at the top as long as I can. I know I won’t stay there forever, but I am working hard and am very committed to maintain my lifestyle and sacrifice.”