Tennis: Novak Djokovic brushes aside Albert Ramos-Vinolas to reach last 16

Serbia's Novak Djokovic (left) shakes hands as he celebrates after victory over Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas (right) in their men's singles third round match on day six of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan 20.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic (left) shakes hands as he celebrates after victory over Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas (right) in their men's singles third round match on day six of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Jan 20.PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Former Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic added an apparent muscle strain in his lower back to concerns about his problem elbow but still overpowered Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday (Jan 20).

After holding serve to lead 2-1 in the second set, the 14th seed took a medical time-out and laid down on Margaret Court Arena as a trainer worked feverishly on his lower back.

The injury did little to restrict the six-time winner as the Serb returned to break the 21st seed in the next game before rolling on to a fuss-free victory in two hours and 21 minutes.

Djokovic will face South Korea's young gun Chung Hyeon in an intriguing intergenerational battle for a place in the quarter-finals.