On another hot day down under Novak Djokovic powered through to the third round of the Australian Open with ease, thrashing No 88 ranked Andrey Kuznetsov 6-0 6-1 6-4.
Men’s number one Djokovic is joined by Stan Wawrinka who beat Marius Copil 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, to secure his seventh consecutive third round Australian Open appearance.
Running through the first two sets in 51 minutes the four-time Australian Open champion Djokovic said in a court-side interview: “Much Better. I was wishing two days ago after I was done with my first round to have a performance like today.”
"Much Better. I was wishing two days ago after I was done with my first round to have a performance like today."
Women’s top seed, Serena Williams, suffered a sluggish start but the 18-time Grand Slam singles champion cruised to a 7-5, 6-0 victory after early pressure from Vera Zvonareva.
The American said: “Once I got down I thought ‘Serena, you’ve done so well, you have nothing to lose’ – And I started playing a little better.”
“She [Zvonareva] started out really well, she was really aggressive and I was a little too passive,” added Williams.
Fifth seed Kei Nishikori was forced to four sets by Ivan Dodig, getting a crucial service break in the 10th game of the fourth set and coming out as the victor with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/0), keeping hopes of a first grand slam alive.
Murray not Impressed
Murray, who was advised today by former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic that his split with coach Ivan Lendl was a mistake, was not impressed with the reaction to Rafa Nadal battling to a five set victory after requesting physio attention.
The British number one Tweeted: “When I cramped and won in the us open last year I was a "drama Queen, unfit, needs to see a shrink, faker" weird...”