Novak Djokovic recorded a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over Viktor Troicki in the first round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
Playing competitively for the first time since Davis Cup duty in early February, Djokovic defeated his fellow Serbian to extend his unbeaten run to 14 matches.
The top seed was broken in the second set but in truth had few problems; Troicki failed to bother the Australian Open champion with his early serve-and-volley tactics as he was beaten for a 13th time in 14 meetings.
"I had three or four weeks of no tennis, so I was extremely focused to start well and I did really well in the first set," Djokovic said. "I was right behind his serve and I'm very satisfied with my performance and hopefully I can continue."