Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Ryan Harrison of
the US during their men's singles match at the Australian
Open in Melbourne. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz
Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova scorched into the
third round of the Australian Open with displays of ruthless
dominance to bring some much-needed pizzazz to the main
Djokovic remained on course for a third successive title with
a 6-1 6-2 6-3 demolition of Ryan Harrison, while Sharapova
pummelled Misaki Doi 6-0 6-0 to become the first player in 28
years to hand out consecutive 'double-bagels' at a grand
Returning with venom and lacerating the court with his
forehands, Djokovic took just 91 minutes to whip past the
American and set up a meeting with Radek Stepanek, rating it
among his best performances in the early rounds of a major.
"You're trying to perform your best in every match that you
play in and this was definitely a better performance than the
first round," the 25-year-old said.
"I managed to play at a very high level already in the second
round of a grand slam, which is very encouraging for the next
David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych had earlier signally failed to
fill the charisma chasm left in the top half of the draw by
the absence of the injured Rafa Nadal, but both got through
the second round with some ease.
Agnieszka Radwanska extended her winning streak this year to
11 matches with a 6-3 6-3 win over Irina-Camelia Begu in the
opening match on Rod Laver Arena, while Zheng Jie wrapped up
the day session with a 6-4 1-6 7-5 upset of local hope Sam
Anyone looking for real fireworks, though, needed to be out
on court eight, where Radwanska's fellow Pole Jerzy Janowicz
exploded in a sensational tantrum before battling back
brilliantly to beat Somdev Devvarman 6-7 3-6 6-1 6-0 7-5.
The 24th seed was enraged by a line call during the tiebreak
at the end of the 79-minute first set and roared out his
displeasure before hitting the umpire's chair with his racket
and throwing his water bottle across court.
"I was really worried about his voice," said Indian
Devvarman. "He was really yelling at the top of his lungs and
I said, 'Dude, calm down!.'"
American Brian Baker could have been forgiven for letting out
a scream of frustration of his own after his tournament ended
in a wheelchair when he sustained a serious knee injury.
The 27-year-old, who returned to the professional circuit
last year after seven injury-plagued years out, had won the
first set against compatriot Sam Querrey when he broke down.
"He said he kind of just felt his knee almost buckle and kind
of heard like a pop or a snap," said 20th seed Querrey.
"He didn't know if it was bones or a tear, but he couldn't
straighten it, couldn't walk. I feel awful for him."
Women's second seed and 2008 champion Sharapova was in
absolutely no mood for sympathy as she dismissed Japan's Doi
in just 47 minutes on Hisense Arena.
"I didn't offer candy today," Sharapova, who has just
launched a confectionary business. "It's not really the
statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for
winning grand slam titles, not that I won two matches 6-0
The Russian is unlikely to make it through the third round
without dropping a game, though, after Venus Williams beat
Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3 in the match to decide her next
Djokovic is likely to meet Berdych in the quarter-finals,
while Ferrer is seeded to play the Serbian world number one
in the semi-finals.
Fifth seeded Czech Berdych wrapped up a 6-2 6-2 6-4 hammering
of Frenchman Guillaume Rufin with his eighth ace after
exactly two hours on Rod Laver Arena.
Ferrer, seeded fourth in the absence of Nadal, was playing
out on Margaret Court Arena and required 38 minutes longer to
despatch American lucky loser Tim Smyczek 6-0 7-5 4-6 6-3.
There was Asian success on Hisense Arena when China's Li Na
battled back from 4-2 down in the second set to secure a 6-2
7-5 win over Olga Govortsova, but for once she was outshone
by compatriot Zheng.
The 2010 semi-finalist recorded a 6-4 1-6 7-5 win over Stosur
but, in truth, the former U.S. Open champion handed her
opponent the victory after leading comfortably in the
"Obviously it's a pretty hard one to take when you get
yourself well and truly into a winning position," said ninth
seed Stosur, who continued her miserable run at her home
"At 5-2 up in the third, double break probably is a bit of a