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Novak Djokovic cruises past Andrey Kuznetsov

A rare men's singles whitewash was on the cards during Novak Djokovic's thrashing of Andrey Kuznetsov.

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World number one Novak Djokovic dropped just five games as he demolished Andrey Kuznetsov in the Australian Open second round on Thursday.

For a brief moment, the Serbian star could have been excused for dreaming of a whitewash victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Instead, Djokovic had to settle for a 6-0 6-1 6-4 victory over the Russian.

Kuznetsov needed until the 10th game to finally get on the board against the ruthless seven-time grand slam champion.

Djokovic was halfway to becoming the first man since Richard Russell in 1966 to complete a whitewash in the men's singles at the Australian Open.

On a hot day in Melbourne, Djokovic was off court in 84 minutes - having hit 28 winners and just 19 unforced errors.

The difference between being number one and being ranked 88th was on show early.

In just 12 minutes, Djokovic had rolled out to a 4-0 lead and lost just five points.

It took a lengthy nine more minutes for Djokovic to secure the set, having hit nine winners.

In an indication of just how ruthless he is, Djokovic took the set without dropping a game after Kuznetsov served at 0-5, 40-15.

Desperate to get on the board, Kuznetsov eventually did in the fourth game of the second set.

Despite dropping the set, the 23-year-old's match got better when he broke to love in the second game of the third.

That would, however, be as good as it got.

Djokovic broke back and then once more, sealing the win when Kuznetsov sent a service return well long.

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