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Djokovic extends his win streak to 42-0 with an impressive victory over Del Potro.

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Novak Djokovic moved into the last 16 of the French Open on Saturday as Juan Martin Del Potro’s challenge melted away. Djokovic had looked in a spot of bother on Friday evening when his Argentine foe took the second set to square their third-round match. However, when play resumed in brighter, hotter conditions, Djokovic was clearly the better player as he posted his 42nd consecutive match win thanks to a 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory. Despite playing some spectacular tennis in patches, Del Potro faltered at the key moments. Upon the resumption, the former US Open champion blew two break points in the fifth game of the third set and was made to pay. Djokovic grabbed the first chance that came his way – in the very next game – with the Argentine netting tamely.

The second seed went on to take the set before a familiar pattern unfolded in the fourth. Del Potro double-faulted to hand Djokovic a 2-1 lead and in his next service game he sent a backhand wide when break point down. To his credit the 25th seed, on his way back up the rankings following a 2010 season ruined by injury, quickly recovered one of the breaks, setting up the chance by superbly chasing down a drop shot to hit a cross-court winner. However, in the next game he received a warning for a time violation which didn’t help his cause and he duly surrendered his serve for the third successive time. Djokovic finished the contest in the next game, producing an excellent drop shot on match point to clinch his place in the fourth round. Now just four wins short of Guillermo Vilas’ record of 46 consecutive victories, Djokovic will face home hope Richard Gasquet on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

 

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