Andy Murray endured a nightmare start to his Australian Open final as Novak Djokovic threatened to embarrass the Scot during a dominant opening set.
The world number one annihilated Roger Federer 6-1 in the first set of his semi-final three days ago and he gave Murray the same treatment, again winning 6-1 with two breaks along the way.
Murray is bidding to end a run of four losing finals in Melbourne, three of which came against Djokovic, but he has never beaten the Serb after going one set down and there was little to suggest he would reverse that trend on Rod Laver Arena.
The world number two set his stall out early, attacking Djokovic's second serve in the very first exchange and then opening up a break point which his opponent saved with a backhand winner.
Murray's impetus, however, soon drained away as he thrashed a forehand into the net and then double-faulted to hand Djokovic the break.
When Djokovic feathered a drop shot which Murray failed even to get a racket to, one fan shouted "Give him a chance Novak!" - prompting chuckles among the crowd - and the foundations were laid for a procession as his opponent raced 3-0 clear.
Matters soon became more desperate for Murray, who conceded a second break for 5-0, and while the Briton did finally get on the board it was too little too late as Djokovic served out.