French Open: 41 straight for Djokovic
PARIS ó Even if Novak Djokovic is tennisí man of the moment, thereís a long, long way to go before heíd approach most of Roger Federerís many accomplishments.
So far to go, really, that itís not worth discussing.
Still, there is one area in which, as of Wednesday, the two men are equal: Djokovic was credited with his 41st consecutive victory ó matching the best streak of Federerís career ó when second-round opponent Victor Hanescu of Romania quit at the French Open because of a left leg injury.
ěIím not thinking about when this streak ó this amazing streak ó will end. So I guess thatís the right mental approach,î said the second-seeded Djokovic, who was serving at 6-4, 6-1, 2-3, 30-love when Hanescu decided to stop playing at Court Philippe Chatrier.
It was a far quieter and less theatrical ending than what transpired a few hours later on Court 1. Sabine Lisicki of Germany was bothered by dizziness and muscle cramps and was carried off on a stretcher, sobbing, after wasting a match point and a 5-2 lead in the third set of a 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 loss to two-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva of
Also reaching the third round: No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, past champions Francesca Schiavone of Italy and Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, 2010 runner-up Sam Stosur of Australia, and unseeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States.
Menís winners included No. 3 Federer, No. 7 David Ferrer of Spain, and three Frenchmen: No. 9 Gael Monfils, No. 13 Richard Gasquet and No. 17 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Federer improved his career second-round mark at Grand Slam tournaments to 42-0 by beating French wild-card entry Maxime Teixeira 6-3, 6-0, 6-2. Teixeira is ranked 181st and never had played a tour-level match until winning in the first round Sunday.
Federer, who counts the 2009 French Open among his record 16 Grand Slam titles, knows what itís like to be the inexperienced kid across the net from one of the gameís greats. Back on Oct. 6, 1998, Federer played his sixth career match against Andre Agassi at Basel, Switzerland, and lost 6-3, 6-2.