Novak Djokovic was in imperious form again as he passed Alex de Minaur in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
The world No.5 produced stunning tennis throughout the match, winning 6-2 6-1 6-2 in just two hours and seven minutes as De Minaur had no response to the relentless and ruthless outburst of Djokovic.
It looked like this game could be a tough test for Djokovic after the first four games, but the 21-time Grand Slam champion pulled off an absurd 16-of-19 winning streak to run away with the game.
Djokovic will now face No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev for a place in the semi-finals.
“I can’t say I’m sorry you didn’t watch a longer game,” Djokovic told the crowd in his post-match interview. “I really wanted to win in straight sets. Of course, you never know what will happen on the field. You have to deal with a lot on and off the pitch.
“The first four or five games were close, a break of serve in the first set. I started to feel more loose and free to cross the ball and be more aggressive. I felt he was a little more nervous…this was my opportunity to capitalize.
“Things can change in a few moments, in a few points. I played the best game of the year so far… I felt good in the first game, not so good in the second, so I’m not taking anything for granted, but I was happy with the way I moved today and the way I hit the ball.