French Open: Djokovic Extends Streak; Nadal Reaches 4th Round
Novak Djokovic overcame a scheduling snafu to extend his unbeaten start to the season to 40 matches, beating Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, on Saturday in the third round of the 2011 French Open in Paris.
Djokovic split the first two sets with del Potro before play was called off Friday due to darkness. When play resumed on Saturday, the match was suddenly moved to the Suzanne Lenglen court from Court Philippe Chartier, causing confusion and irritation among fans who failed to gain entry to the new stadium. Djokovic kept his cool amid the confusion to dominate del Potro, who was tipped as one of the few people who stand a chance of ending the Serbian world no.2’s winning streak.
Meanwhile, world no.1 Rafael Nadal of Spain finally played true to form, beating Croatia’s Antonio Veic in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the fourth round. Nadal will next face the dangerous Ivan Ljubicic, who defeated 16th seed Fernando Verdasco, 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. Also advancing in the men’s draw were fourth seed Andy Murray, fifth seed Robin Soderling, and 18-ranked Gilles Simon, who upset American Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
In the women’s side of the draw, fourth seed Victoria Azarenka, no.6 Li Na, seventh seed Maria Sharapova, and 12th seed Agnieszka Radwanska all moved into the fourth round.