Novak equals Lendl's record
World number two Novak Djokovic took his 2011 record to 29-0 on Thursday, equalling Ivan Lendl's mark set in 1986, when he defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters third round.sports Updated: May 06, 2011 14:56 IST
World number two Novak Djokovic took his 2011 record to 29-0 on Thursday, equalling Ivan Lendl's mark set in 1986, when he defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters third round.
The overall record for a winning start to a season is 42 matches, set by John McEnroe in 1984, with Bjorn Borg, who had 33 straight wins in 1980, in second spot.
World number one Caroline Wozniacki suffered a third-round defeat by Julia Goerges at the Madrid Open on Wednesday with the unseeded German winning 6-4 1-6 6-3 for her second victory over the Dane in two weeks.
The big-serving Goerges, who climbed to 27th in the rankings following her win against Wozniacki in the Stuttgart final last month, mixed up her game with looping shots and then pounced on any loose balls with some aggressive drives.
Spain's Rafael Nadal was given a walkover into the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters on Thursday when opponent Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew before their third-round match with a hip injury. The unseeded Del Potro had been bothered by the problem since winning an Estoril semis last weekend.
Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina went down to second seeds Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Katarina Serbotnik of Slovania 5-7, 5-7 in the last-eight round on Thursday.