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Djokovic extends winning streak to 41 at French Open

2011-05-26 02:31:51 GMT2011-05-26 10:31:51(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball during the second round match of men's singles against Victor Hanescu of Romania in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros in Paris May 25, 2011. Novak Djokovic advanced to the next round as Victor Hanescu giving up with injury. (Xinhua/Xu Liang)

Victor Hanescu of Romania returns the ball during the second round match of men's singles against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros in Paris May 25, 2011. Novak Djokovic advanced to the next round as Victor Hanescu giving up with injury. (Xinhua/Xu Liang)

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates for scoring during the second round match of men's singles against Victor Hanescu of Romania in the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros in Paris May 25, 2011. Novak Djokovic advanced to the next round as Victor Hanescu giving up with injury. (Xinhua/Xu Liang)

PARIS, May 25 (Xinhua) -- World No. 2 Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 41 matches after his Romanian opponent Victor Hanescu retired due to injury mid of their French Open second round match.

Hanescu, 29 suffered a thigh injury during the match and decided to walk off the court while

trailing 4-6, 1-6, 3-2.

It means that the 24-year-old Serb could put himself in joint 4th place for the longest winning streak with Roger Federer and Bjorn Borg. The record of 46 is held by Guillermo Vilas.

Djokovic will lock horns with Juan Martin Del Potro as the 25th seed from Argentina defeated Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4 earlier.

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