Defending champion Novak Djokovic continued his impeccable run of form at the Australian Open shredding challenger Nicolas Mahut in their third round encounter 6-0, 6-1, 6-1. In fairness to the Frenchman, he was struggling with a knee injury, and on multiple occasions had consultations with the Tour trainer, but decided not to withdraw from the contest.
Mahut won just 11 points in a 24 minute opening set, and with the Frenchman barely able to move at the back of the court, the writing was well and truly written on the wall. Mahut, who was celebrating turning 30 today, also celebrated winning a rare game by holding serve at the start of the second set, but that was all he was to win for a while. The match was ultimately in the bag in 74 minutes, and Djokovic could return to his hotel room, put his feet up and watch Milos Raonic and Lleyton Hewitt slug it out for what he hopes would be five sets later in the day.