Djokovic marches on to reach Australian Open third round

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 21, 2015 11:42 PM

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)