Djokovic into third round with 30th straight major win
Originally published on 29/06/16 00:00
The world No.1, who kept his calendar year Grand Slam pursuit alive with a 6-4 6-3 7-6(5) victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, has now won more consecutive matches at majors than any other player in the Open era.
Djokovic, who currently stands third in the all time standings, is likely to pass Rod Laver’s mark of 31, but he is still some way off record holder Don Budge, who won 37 straight Slam matches between 1937 and 1938.
“I have to be very grateful to have the opportunity to make history of the sport,” Djokovic said. “Of course, every single record that I manage to achieve in last couple of years is important and is unique to me.
“The record that I managed to break today is one of the better ones because obviously as a professional tennis player, you always aim to play your best in Grand Slams. You want to be consistent and win as many matches in these tournaments that matter the most in our sport.
“Knowing that I won 30 in a row, it's very pleasing obviously. I want to keep on going. Let's see where it takes me.”
Other than a slight wobble as he served for the match late in the third set, Djokovic enjoyed a relatively seamless passage into the third round under the Centre Court roof, but meanwhile some players on the other side of the draw are yet to complete their first-round matches.
The Serb awaits the winner of Sam Querrey and Thomaz Bellucci in the third round.