Paris: His 43rd consecutive victory complete, Novak Djokovic ripped off his white baseball cap, pivoted to look up at his parents, coach and other supporters in the stands, then let out a yell.
It was the sort of visceral reaction one might expect at the conclusion of a taut, tense contest, not the rather routine 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 result the second-seeded Djokovic assembled on Sunday at the expense of No. 13 Richard Gasquet in the fourth round of the French Open.
"I didn't expect it to be easy, that's for sure," said Djokovic, who briefly addressed the crowd in French, drawing laughter and cheers. "May be the scoreline says differently, but I really ... had to work."