43 and counting
Second-seeded Novak Djokovic outclassed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday in the fourth round of the French Open to extend his winning streak to 43 matches.india Updated: Jun 05, 2011 22:07 IST
Second-seeded Novak Djokovic outclassed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday in the fourth round of the French Open to extend his winning streak to 43 matches.
It was Djokovic's third day in a row on court at Roland Garros. He beat Juan Martin del Potro in the previous round on Saturday in a match that stretched over two days.
Djokovic is 41-0 in 2011, the second-best start to a season in the Open era, which began in 1968. He also won his last two matches of 2010, making his overall run the third-longest, behind Guillermo Vilas' record of 46 in a row in 1977.
Bidding for his third Grand Slam title and first at Roland Garros, Djokovic will next play Fabio Fognini of Italy.
Roger Federer threw in his entry for shot of the tournament as he slamdunked Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals with another razzle-dazzle display. His 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory meant he set a new men's record of 28 consecutive last eight appearances at Grand Slams, beating Jimmy Connors’ mark of 27.
Federer produced a series of delightful shots including a sublime sliced backhand passing winner down the line which had the packed galleries gasping with amazement.
"Twenty eight quarter-finals in a row, that's great but that's another opportunity for me to go one step further. That's why I'm very proud I accomplished that," he said.
Title holder Francesca Schiavone was made to work hard before beating Serbian 10th seed Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to book her place in the quarterfinals.
Third seed shocked
Russian teen Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova sent third seed Vera Zvonareva crashing out to further throw the tournament wide open.
With the top seeds, Caroline Wozniacki and Kim Clijsters already out, Zvonareva's departure after a 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-2 loss means that fourth seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is the top-ranking player left in the draw.