• French Open, Day Four

Federer plays down loss of set to Ungur

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Roger Federer notched a record 234th grand slam match win, surpassing Jimmy Connors' professional-era record, against Adrian Ungur. The 16-time grand slam champion was unfazed by his third-set wobble, putting it down to early tournament rustiness: "I think it is a bit easier now, just because I have been around for so long that, even though I expect myself to win, I can still manage to do that," the No. 3 seed said. "Whereas in the beginning when you think you're good but you're maybe not that good yet, you suffer many more surprise losses."

Novak Djokovic came through in straight sets against Blaz Kavcic 6-0 6-4 6-4 but blamed himself for making heavy weather of the second and third sets. "I stopped," Djokovic said. "I gave him the opportunity to come back into the match after a perfect first seven games. Everything [else] is working great, I am feeling better and better every match. I was working very hard on my serve in the last two years and I am happy to see that I have got my serve to a very high level even on clay courts."

World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka confessed Wednesday's second-round match with Dinah Pfizenmaier was something of a getting-to-know-you session: "I didn't really know my opponent today, and it took me the first few games to kind of understand what she does and what kind of game she plays to adjust a little bit," Azarenka said. "But after a few games I started to find my better rhythm. Definitely played much better today."

Venus Williams refused to feel sorry for herself after her second-round defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska: "Obviously it is frustrating at times. I don't know if there is anything more mentally I can do at this point but there are a lot of stages to go through with this kind of thing," she said. "But there are a lot of people who have it a lot worse than I do. I am still playing a professional sport. I haven't gotten to the 'why me?' yet, I hope I never get to the 'why me?'. I am not allowed to feel sorry for myself."

Nicolas Devilder, who upset Michael Berrer, is relishing the chance to face world No. 1 Djokovic after reaching the third round of a grand slam for the first time: "I'm very happy to advance the third round because obviously this is the first time in a grand slam. So being able to experience this after three difficult years with many injuries, obviously that's very nice. I'm very happy. I'm going to play Djokovic in the next round. Well, what better could I have wished for?"

Juan Martin Del Potro admits he is struggling with his left knee after battling past France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin in four sets: "What I try and do is not to think about it. I try and do my best with my tennis. And when I'm out there on the court I try not to think too much about the fact that it really bothers me."

Melanie Oudin, who enjoyed a fairytale run to the 2009 US Open quarter-finals, was beaten by Sara Errani: ''Playing Errani, you can tell she's played on it her whole life, because of the way she moves and she seems so, like, graceful on the court,'' Oudin said. ''And I feel like I'm just totally off-balance a lot of the time.''

Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic was a comfortable winner over Shahar Peer, and she is confident ahead of tougher tests to come: "Even though I lost some matches I should have won or I should have put myself in a better position, I still felt always like I was improving with each week," Ivanovic said. "That gives me confidence. Now I'm starting to play a lot freer and enjoying the competition and building points."

Michael Llodra admitted he was well beaten as he surrendered to a straight-sets defeat to seventh seed Tomas Berdych: "I tried to return with a return volley, return volley, but he's so powerful. I wanted to chip the balls a little, to change the pace, but it was never good enough to bother him ... He's a serious client. He's shown this in the recent weeks. There's not much I could do or could have done."

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