Djokovic Looks to Take Win Streak to 37 Matches, Meets Nadal in Rome Final
Novak Djokovic will attempt to extend his unbeaten tennis-season start to 37 matches today after yesterday earning a third-set tiebreaker win over Andy Murray in the semifinals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.
Djokovic, the second seed, beat No. 4 Murray of Britain 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2). The Serb will now take on top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain, who defeated Richard Gasquet of France 7-5, 6-1, in the final.
Djokovic, 23, has won six straight tournaments to open the 2011 season, and his streak is second only to John McEnroe, who started 42-0 in 1984. During the stretch, the Serb has beaten Nadal three times, including the Spaniard’s first clay-court loss in almost two years last week in Madrid.
The record for consecutive victories is 46, set by Guillermo Vilas of Argentina in 1977.
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