Djokovic reaches 700-win milestone


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 quarterfinals.

Djokovic won 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes and will face Spain’s Feliciano Lopez for a spot in the last four.

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).

The Serb had 25 unforced errors in what could not be called a perfect performance on Wednesday 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 11-time major winner Djokovic, who was presented on court with a gluten-free cake to mark the occasion.

Organizers also created a #nole700 hashtag in honor of his latest achievement.

“I started as a professional just over 10 years ago,” he said. “I love this sport with all of my heart and enjoy every moment of it. I expect a lot from myself, I’m trying to improve and get better in every element of my game.

“But I know I’m not the only one who wants to be No. 1 and win titles.”