Novak Djokovic wins clay-court opener
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Novak Djokovic cruised to his 25th consecutive win this season by beating Romanian qualifier Adrian Ungur 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday in his clay-court opener in the second round of the Serbia Open.
Hot Streak No Djoke
By winning his clay-court opener at the Serbia Open, Novak Djokovic became the first man since 1986 and just the fourth man since 1980 to start a season 25-0.
|2011||N. Djokovic||25-0||-- ESPN Stats & Information|
The No. 2-ranked Djokovic is off to the best start to a season since Ivan Lendl swept his first 25 matches in 1986. The Serb has won 61 of 67 sets and four tournament titles on three continents, including the Australian Open, to take the No. 2 ranking from Roger Federer -- the last player to beat him.
Djokovic was broken twice Wednesday in front of his home crowd but never really looked in trouble against Ungur.
"It's tough to play on clay after almost a year," Djokovic said. "It will take a bit to get used to it."
Montanes won seven straight games starting at 2-2 in the second set, taking a 3-0 lead in the decider before cruising to victory.
Lopez broke for a a 2-1 lead in the second set with a forehand winner after chasing down a drop shot by Gonzalez. The Chilean, who was playing his first tournament since returning from an eight-month injury layoff after hip surgery, broke back immediately but couldn't stop Lopez from converting his third match point in the tiebreak.
"He beat me while we were 14-year-olds, and it's time for a revenge," Djokovic said.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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