Australian Open: Routine win for defending champion Novak Djokovic
Last Updated: 15/01/14 10:10am
Novak Djokovic: Was a straight-sets winner on day three
Novak Djokovic moved into the third round of the Australian Open after a routine victory over Leonardo Mayer.
The Serbian was in irresistible form early on and appeared keen to seal a quick success in the scorching Melbourne heat by winning the opening eight games of the match.
While world No 98 Mayer did at least improve thereafter, he never threatened an upset and failed to earn a single break point as Djokovic completed a 6-0 6-4 6-4 win in 107 minutes.
The second seed said: "I thought yesterday was warmer than today. But still the conditions were not easy for both my opponent and myself.
"I started the match really, really well. I was a set and a break up after only 40 or 45 minutes.
"You don't want to spend too much time in the heat, you want to try to win as quick as possible. He started to play better as the match progressed, especially in the third set.
"But I felt like I was serving well and I was in control. When I needed to use my opportunities when they were presented, I did so. It was a better performance than the first round."
Like Roger Federer on Tuesday, Djokovic argued dealing with the conditions was more about having the right mindset than physical limitations.
He said: "We all were aware of how the weather was going to look these couple of days. Everybody was talking about 40 degrees plus.
"Knowing that I played a day match today, I prepared myself mentally for that.
It's not just physically. Mentally you need to be tough enough to not give up and not think about what the conditions can do to you.
"It's not the first time I faced this particular weather. Obviously experience helps."
David Ferrer continued his march towards a semi-final rematch against Djokovic, however the third seed was made to work hard early on.
Ferrer, who was routed by Djokovic in just 89 minutes last year, eventually battled past Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-0 6-3.
Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet had no such problems as they record comfortable second-round wins.
Berdych, the No 7 seed, eased past Kenny De Schepper 6-4 6-1 6-3, while ninth-ranked Gasquet ended the challenge of Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 6-4.
Mikhail Youzhny and Ivan Dodig have failed to make it into the third round, though.
Dodig, ranked 32nd, joined the ever growing list of retirements in Melbourne as he quit his match against Damir Dzumhur while leading two sets to one.
Youzhny, the No 14 seed, came off worse in a five-setter against Florian Mayer, with the German sneaking the win 6-4 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3.