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Novak Djokovic registered his 40th straight win in emphatic fashion in the opening round of the French Open on Monday.


The world number two, who is now only four short of John McEnroe’s record start to a season of 42 consecutive victories, thumped Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker 6-2 6-1 6-3 on Court Philippe Chatrier. Djokovic’s run has brought him seven titles, including the Australian Open and wins over world number one Rafael Nadal in four Masters 1000 events. The Spaniard is still the favourite to win a sixth Roland Garros crown but Djokovic certainly did nothing to harm his chances with a brisk 92-minute victory.

The Serb served notice of things to come by breaking his opponent, ranked 71st in the world, in the second game of the match, and he had no trouble clinching the opening set. De Bakker lost the first five games of the second and, although he managed to avoid a ‘bagel’, it merely delayed the inevitable. The 22-year-old made a better fist of things in the third set but Djokovic was simply a class above.



de Bakker has another big day at de Barcelona Open.

Thiemo de Bakker, who caused the biggest shock of the fourth day of the Barcelona Open BancSabadell by ousting seventh seed Juan Carlos Ferrero in an epic battle on a packed Court One, followed that vicory with his best win to date over a top ten player by defeating Jo Wilfried Tsonga 6-4,3-6,6-3.

Bakker, a 21 year old from the Netherlands served an outstanding match and had the popular Frenchman on the ropes for most of the match. Tsonga saved 3 match points on his own servic at 2-5, but could not save the final match point from the Dutchman’s racquet.

Thiemo de Bakker has caught the imagination of many of the top players, who regard him as player with a very bright future.

Fernando Verdasco set up an all-Spanish clash with David Ferrer after overcoming Ernests Gulbis in Fridays second quarterfinal match at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell. Verdasco, who also reached the final of last week’s Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event, started well against the Latvian #1, breaking twice in the first set to secure a 6-2 lead after just under thirty minutes of play.

David Ferrer, a two time finalist in Barcelona, was too strong for Thomaz Bellucci. He defeated the Brazillian player 6-4, 6-0 in just over an hour.

The semi final between Verdasco and Ferrer ensures that Spain will be represented in the final for a 14th consecutive year.

De Bakker will play Robin Soderling who easily dispatched Eduardo Schwank in straight sets match in the other semi final.

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