MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic's Australian Open campaign shifted up a gear with a 6-0 6-1 6-4 thrashing of Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on Thursday to move into the third round.
The steely-eyed Serb, bidding for a record fifth title at Melbourne Park in the professional era, wrapped up the first set in 21 minutes and gave 88th-ranked Kuznetsov no chance in a one hour 24-minute training run on Rod Laver Arena.
Djokovic preserved his record of reaching the third round at Melbourne Park for a ninth consecutive year.
The top seed will play Japan's Go Soeda or Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the next round.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Patrick Johnston)