Playing against each other for the 14th time, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-1 in swift 59 minutes, delivering the 12th triumph over the German. Philipp took down Novak in straight sets a year ago in Indian Wells but he stood no chance today, taking only 11 points in eight service games and never creating a break chance.
On the other hand, Djokovic stole half of the return points, earning four breaks from seven opportunities to control the scoreboard all the time and advance into his 11th quarter-final in Dubai from as many appearances, never losing before in the first or second round here.
Djokovic is seeking the fifth crown in Dubai and the first since 2013, extending his winning streak to 18 and moving a victory away from securing the throne regardless of Rafael Nadal's result in Acapulco. The Serb had 23 winners and ten unforced errors, dominating in every segment and leaving the veteran behind to set the quarter-final clash with Karen Khachanov on Thursday.
Settling into an excellent rhythm right from the start, Novak was the ruler of the cour in his games and the one who scored the only break in the opener at 3-2 when his forehand found an empty space for a winner. The Serb held at love with another forehand winner to cement the advantage and move further in front, clinching the opener 6-3 with another comfortable hold in game nine after 30 minutes.
With the momentum on his side, Novak landed a backhand down the line winner to grab a break at the beginning of the second set, holding with a service winner and creating a 3-0 advantage with another bullet from his backhand that sent him further in front.
Returning at 5-1, Novak sealed the deal with a return winner, completing an impressive day at the office and advancing into the last eight.