Melbourne - Defending champion Novak Djokovic
swept past Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in straight sets to reach the
third round at the Australian Open on Thursday.
The Serbian top
seed cruised to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win in 1hr 42min over the 56th-ranked
Giraldo and will face either Japan's Tatsuma Ito or Frenchman Nicolas
Mahut in the last 32.
Djokovic was always in command of the match on Rod Laver Arena, breaking the Colombian's serve seven times to breeze through.
The Serb hit 27 winners, eight of them on the backhand.
The world number one is chasing his third consecutive grand slam in Melbourne after winning Wimbledon and the US Open last year.
four men on five occasions have won three or more consecutive grand
slams in the Open era -- Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal and Roger
His Australian Open triumph over Andy Murray last
year was the first of seven straight tournament wins in a 41-match
winning streak that was finally ended by Federer in the semi-finals of
the French Open.