Federer sets record, Venus ousted by Radwanska

Updated: May 31, 2012

Roger Federer set a new record of 234 Grand Slam match wins on Wednesday to reach the French Open last 32 where he was joined by top seed Novak Djokovic whose date with tennis destiny edged a little closer.

Federer, the third seed, overcame a mid-match wobble to beat Romania’s Adrian Ungur 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, and go past Jimmy Connors’ long-standing record of 233 wins at the majors which he’d equalled in the first round.

The 16-time Grand Slam title winner will face Nicolas Mahut of France for a place in the last 16.

Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion Djokovic edged closer to history with a 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 win over Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic.

The world No 1, bidding to become only the third man after Don Budge and Rod Laver to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, put down a gutsy challenge from world number 99 Kavcic.

Argentine ninth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, the only man outside of Djokovic, Federer and Rafael Nadal to have won a major in the last seven years, clinched a 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 6-4 win over France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych, a semifinalist in 2010, eased into the third round with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over France’s Michael Llodra.

He next faces South Africa’s 31st seed Kevin Anderson who put out Argentine qualifier Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0.

In the ladies draw, Venus Williams, playing in her 15th Roland Garros, was no match for third seeded Radwanska, falling 6-2, 6-3 to complete a miserable 24 hours for the Williams family.

Top-seeded Azarenka from Belarus defeated German qualifier Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-1, 6-1 while Australian sixth seed Stosur saw off Irina Falconi of the United States 6-1, 6-4, keeping the 2 on course for a quarter final clash.

Marion Bartoli, the French No 1 and eighth seed lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to Petra Martic of Croatia, while former world no. 1 Ana Ivanovic the winner in 2008, stormed past Shahar Peer of Israel 6-2, 6-2.