Novak Djokovic will play Juan Martin Del Potro in a blockbuster third-round clash at the French Open tomorrow after making it 41 consecutive victories yesterday.
The second seed had a helping hand from opponent Victor Hanescu, who retired in the third set of their clash on Court Philippe Chatrier when trailing 6-4 6-1 2-3.
The Romanian had received treatment to his left thigh throughout the third set and at 30-0 down in the sixth game decided he could no longer continue.
World number 60 Hanescu is a capable clay court player and reached the final of the ATP World Tour event in Nice last weekend.
In the early stages he frustrated Djokovic before the Serbian’s class started to show.
Djokovic has not lost a match since his semi-final against Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November
After his impressive performance in round one Britain’s number one Andy Murray takes on Italian Simone Bolelli today.
Murray’s brother Jamie joined him in round two at Roland Garros when he and Australian partner Chris Guccione came from a set down to defeat French pair Jeremy Chardy and Arnaud Clement 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the men’s doubles.
It was the 25-year-old’s first victory on clay this season and his first in five attempts at Roland Garros.
There was guaranteed to be both a British winner and a British loser on Court 14 this afternoon as former partners, and Paris flatmates this week, Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski went head to head.
It was Fleming who triumphed with Germany’s Philipp Marx, beating Skupski and Igor Zelenay of Slovakia 6-4 6-4.