Australian Open: Dominant Novak Djokovic marches past Fernando Verdasco

The Serbian cemented his status as tournament favourite with a forensic dismantling of the number 31 seed Verdasco, who barely laid a racket on the Djokovic serve.

So rarely was the end result in doubt that the greatest moment of tension came when a fan chose to propose to his girlfriend during a change of ends. She said yes, Djokovic applauded.

The four-times winner in Melbourne will face Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the last 16, after Muller defeated John Isner in straight sets.

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