The Serbian star beat Gaël Monfils 6-3 6-2 on Tuesday, ensuring he would remain no. 1 for a record that spans 369 weeks.
The win also extended his perfect record over the Frenchman to 18 in as many games, meaning he becomes the first man in the Open era to hold an 18-0 ATP head-to-head against an opponent.
Djokovic will now face three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray in the round of 16 after the British player stunned Denis Shapovalov 6-1 3-6 6-2.
“I have no explanation for this, I just try to face it like any other match”, Djokovic She said of the record against Monfils.
“I think his game suits mine in terms of playing style. But we had some very close encounters. The last time we played in Dubai he had match points, so he could easily have broken the record.
“I don’t think about it too much. For me mentally this is a very important victory “.
While Monfils has shown why he’s one of the funniest players to watch, once 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic saved three break points early on, Monfils never upset Djokovic at the Manolo Santana Stadium.
Monfils won the winners tally, 18 to 11, but Djokovic showed his experience and know-how.
Only playing in his fourth tournament since returning from a tumultuous time away from tennis, Djokovic is still working to reach his top form.
“I played with one of the most athletic and fastest players we have in the game,” Djokovic She said. “I know his game very well. I know that I must always be ready for another ball to always return to its side of the court, that you must constantly try to have controlled aggression … and dictate the point.
“I moved well, I dictated with the forehand, I moved it around the field and I found my serve (and) also the last matches of service, (finding my) return”.