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Djokovic equals Lendl's 29-match winning record.

Summary: World No. 2 Novak Djokovic took his 2011 record to 29-0 Thursday, equalling Ivan Lendl's mark set in 1986, when he defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters third round.

MADRID: World No. 2 Novak Djokovic took his 2011 record to 29-0 Thursday, equalling Ivan Lendl's mark set in 1986, when he defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in the Madrid Masters third round.

The overall record for a winning start to a season is 42 matches, set by John McEnroe in 1984, with Bjorn Borg, who had 33 straight wins in 1980, in second spot.

Spain's Rafael Nadal was given a walkover into the quarterfinals of the Madrid Masters Thursday when opponent Juan Martin Del Potro withdrew before their third-round match with a hip injury.

The unseeded Del Potro had been bothered by the problem since winning an Estoril semifinal last weekend.

The 2009 U.S. Open champion is making a recovery this season after missing more than eight months of play in 2010 after wrist surgery.

"I have experience with injuries, and I decided not to play," Del Potro said as he prepared to fly home to Buenos Aires for medical checks.

The Argentine will not play the Rome Masters starting Sunday and could be in doubt for the French Open starting on May 22.

"The pain was very strong," said the Argentine.

Julia Goerges upset Caroline Wozniacki for the second straight tournament Thursday, ousting the top-ranked Dane 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the third round of the Madrid Open.

The 27th-ranked German broke Wozniacki in the eighth game of the deciding set to lead 5-3 before serving out the match.

Goerges rallied from 3-0 down to take the first set after breaking twice. But she lost that momentum as Wozniacki leveled the match with two breaks of her own in the second set.

"The second set she started to be more aggressive and I started to get tired, so I said to myself keep yourself together for the third set and try to fight for every point," said Goerges, who beat Wozniacki in the Porsche Grand Prix final in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 24.

While Goerges hit 38 unforced errors to Wozniacki's 21, she also managed 36 winners to her opponent's 11 on Manolo Santana court.

"I beat her twice and twice in two weeks so I'm pretty proud of myself," Goerges said after taking the two-hour plus match.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
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Date:May 6, 2011
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