British number one Andy Murray made short work of Marinko Matosevic to reach the last 32 of the Australian Open for the seventh time in a row.
Murray won the contest 6-1 6-3 6-2, as Matosevic made 49 errors, including one on match point. The number six seed took a 5-0 lead in the first 14 minutes with just one error and one point against.
Not swayed by a crowd in fervent support of local hope Matosevic, Murray swept to a conclusive victory firing heavy serves, finishing the match with just 12 unforced errors, two double faults and hitting five aces.
After the match, Murray remarked: “It was a fun atmosphere to play today. Even if not everyone was supporting me.”
Speaking on his performance Murray added: “I started the match very well… Marinko was slow at the beginning and improved as the match went on. There were tight games in the second and third sets they could have gone either way. But they went my way.”
Swiss star Rodger Federer also booked his place in the next round after overcoming Italy's Simone Bolelli 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2.
Sharapova Prevents Upset
Maria Sharapova narrowly escaped upset as she saved two matched points beating No. ranked 150 Alexandra Panova 6-1 4-6 7-5. Sharapova, seeded second, made 51 unforced errors, but pulled out two forehand winners after facing two match points in the third set.
Panova had two points for a 5-1 final set lead, but could not capitalise as Sharapova finished strongly, winning six of the last seven games.