Novak Djokovic hammered Spain`s Tommy Robredo 6-1, 6-2 at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Monday, winning the 699th match of his career.
“Every milestone is very special, of course. I wish to make the 700th win in this tournament, obviously,” said the world number one.
He added: “But it`s not going to affect too much my preparation for the next match. It`s not going to change too much the way I approach the next match or this tournament. So of course I`ll be very pleased if it happens here. If not, maybe next one.”
Djokovic one now stands 13-0 this season as he bids for a third 2016 title after trophies in Doha and Melbourne. He last played in the final at Melbourne Park, beating Andy Murray.
The top seed will next face Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri, who advanced over qualifier Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-1.
“Obviously playing the first match in three weeks, different conditions, I didn`t know how I`m going to start, whether or not I`m going to execute the game plan,” Djokovic said.
“But everything went well, very few things went wrong.
“I was putting constant pressure on his serve. I returned very, very well. I served solid and was aggressive from back of the court. I cannot be happier with this performance. I`m glad to be back with a solid win.”
The 123rd-ranked Jaziri knows his chances against the best in the world will be extremely limited – but he`s not totally without hope.
“It should be a good match. I will try to enjoy it on court and I will play all my chances,” said the 32-year-old North African.
“Novak`s playing his best tennis now, and he`s beating everyone. But I will be on court like all the matches. In tennis you never know. That`s part of this beautiful game. Who knows? Maybe I`ll wake up on a good day.”
Djokovic has played finals at his last 17 events, winning 13.
Jaziri has plenty of previous time on court with Djokovic after practise sessions between the pair.