Djokovic extends streak to 43, Federer adds to quarters mark

PARIS -- Second-seeded Novak Djokovic outclassed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Sunday in the fourth round of the French Open to extend his winning streak to 43 matches.
It was Djokovic's third day in a row on court at Roland Garros. He beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the previous round on Saturday in a match that stretched over two days.
Djokovic is 41-0 in 2011, the second-best start to a season in the Open era, which began in 1968. He also won his last two matches of 2010, making his overall run the third-longest, behind Guillermo Vilas' record of 46 in a row in 1977.
Bidding for his third Grand Slam title -- and first at Roland Garros -- Djokovic will next play Fabio Fognini of Italy.
Earlier Sunday, Roger Federer set yet another Grand Slam record, extending his quarterfinal streak at major tournaments to 28 with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Olympic gold medal doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka at the French Open.
The 16-time major champion, who completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2009, improved on the record he shared with Jimmy Connors on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The last time Federer failed to reach the quarterfinals at a major was at the 2004 French Open, when he was the top-seeded player but lost to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova knocked out the highest seeded player remaining in the women's draw, beating No. 3 Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
Defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone and No. 10 Jelena Jankovic are scheduled to be in action.
Federer again dominated with his serve. He was broken once early in the third set, but broke back twice to remain one of the four players to have won every match in straight sets.
Federer also beat Wawrinka, his Davis Cup teammate, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. In 2008, the Swiss pair teamed up to win the doubles gold at the Beijing Olympics.


At 19, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is the youngest player left in the tournament. (AP)


At 19, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is the youngest player left in the tournament.

(AP)

Besides his record 16 major titles, Federer also set a record of 23 straight Grand Slam semifinal appearances. That run ended at last year's French Open, when he was beaten in the quarterfinals.
Federer set his quarterfinal streak in 28 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, while Connors skipped some in his run.
In the next round, Federer will face either No. 7 David Ferrer or No. 9 Gael Monfils.
The third-seeded Zvonareva followed No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Kim Clijsters out of the tournament after losing to Pavlyuchenkova, at 19 the youngest player still in the tournament. Wozniacki and Clijsters both lost in the third round.
No. 4 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is now the highest seeded player left.
"I don't really want to comment on this, because, well, it's not of my business," Pavlyuchenkova said. "I'm just trying to do my thing, focusing on me. ... The rest, I don't really care."
It is only the third time that none of the top three seeded women has reached the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968, and the first time at the French Open. It also happened at Wimbledon in 2008 -- when the top four were eliminated by the end of the fourth round -- and at the Australian Open in 1997.
Zvonareva reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals last year and the Australian Open semifinals in January. She saved two match points in the final game against Pavlyuchenkova before hitting a forehand long on the third.
"Well, that's, I guess, part of the game. I know what I have to work on and what I have to improve," said Zvonareva, who saved a match point in the second round before advancing. "Of course when you play less than 50 percent of your potential, it's very tough to win the fourth round of a Grand Slam."
For the 14th-seeded Pavlyuchenkova, the result is her best at a Grand Slam tournament. Previously, she reached the fourth round at least year's U.S. Open.
"She (Zvonareva) was up with a break, so I think maybe in the past or last year I wouldn't believe I can win this match against that top player," Pavlyuchenkova said. "This time I think that was the main key."

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