Djokovic takes winning streak to 41

Federer, Wozniacki cruise into third round of French Open.

Agencies May 25, 2011


Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 41 matches and set up a blockbuster French Open third-round clash with giant Argentine and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro who outclassed Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Second-seed Djokovic was leading Victor Hanescu 6-4, 6-1, 2-3 when the Romanian quit their second-round tie with a leg injury.

“It’s never easy to see an opponent giving up,” said Djokovic. “It’s bad luck for him. I played well and it’s good to spend as little time on court as possible.”

The Australian Open champion now stands five wins away from equalling Guillermo Vilas’s record for a winning streak. He is also only three away from John McEnroe’s 1984 record for an undefeated start to a season.

Federer cruises into last-32

Roger Federer won 13 games in succession as the 16-time Grand Slam title-winner easily disposed of French wildcard Maxime Teixeira 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the last-32.

Federer, the 2009 champion in Paris, will take on Serbian 29th-seed Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Spain’s Pere Riba, for a place in the last-16.

“He fought hard and was trying his best,” said Federer. “It was a good match. I’m happy with the way I played.”

Also going through to the last-32 were David Ferrer, who defeated France’s Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Wozniacki edges Wozniak

World number one Caroline Wozniacki took her place in the third round by edging Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) in an entertaining encounter.

The 20-year-old Dane will face Slovakian 28th-seed Daniela Hantuchova.

“It was a tough match,” said Wozniacki. “I started off well and everything was going the way I wanted it to.”

Australian eighth-seed Samatha Stosur crushed Romanian 19-year-old Simona Halep 6-0, 6-2 in her second-round match.

Earlier, Kim Clijsters marked her return to Roland Garros by beating Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2011.


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