19 Jan 2012

Smashing time for some at Australian Open

10:31 pm on 19 January 2012

Defending champion Novak Djokovic demolished Santiago Giraldo on Thursday to go through to the third round of the Australian Open.

There was a brief blip in the first set, when four unforced errors handed the Colombian a service break, but the world No 1 one broke back to love immediately and said there had been no nerves, Reuters reports.

The Serbian won the match 6-3 6-2 6-1 in Melbourne.

Scotland's Andy Murray, the losing finalist for the last two years at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, despatched Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-1 6-4 6-4.

Russia's Maria Sharapova and American Serena Williams swept through, but second seed Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, took three sets to advance.

Sharapova, the 2008 champion, took just 64 minutes to crush American qualifier Jamie Hampton 6-0 6-1, while five-time winner Williams needed two minutes more to defeat Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0 6-4.

Kvitova's 58th-ranked Spanish opponent Carla Suarez Navarro forced the Wimbledon champion to fight back from a break down in the third set to salvage a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win.

Marcos Baghdatis was the video star of the tournament, as he methodically smashed four rackets while losing to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1.

The Cypriot was fined $US800 for his tantrum.