Australian Open: Djokovic raises not much of a sweat to advance to the third round

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Novak Djokovic rattled through the second round to continue his amazing habit of comfortable early matches at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Serbia's world No. 1, who is gunning for a fifth Australian title, demolished Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 in just 1hr 24min to storm into the third round.

It means that, since 2007, he has dropped just two sets in his first and second-round matches at his favourite Grand Slam tournament.

Djokovic is seeking to progress further against either Japan's Go Soeda or Spanish 31st seed Fernando Verdasco next up.

He never gave the 88th-ranked Kuznetsov a chance, reeling off the opening nine games and losing only five games.

"This is generally my most successful Grand Slam and the tournament where, over the years, I've performed my best tennis," the seven-time Grand Slam champion said.

"It's probably the fact that I enjoy the conditions of play, the faster courts and I enjoy being in Australia.

"It's the beginning of the year. It's the first big tournament.

"Everybody comes fresh and motivated.

"I guess it's a combination of things that make me feel comfortable on the court here."