Second seed Rafael Nadal swept aside former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals without dropping a set.
Spain’s Nadal, 32, beat Czech Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in Melbourne.
Berdych, unseeded but climbing back up the rankings after injury, had been expected to provide a sterner test.
But Nadal’s relentless brilliance did not allow Berdych, who made too many unforced errors, to make it a contest until the third set.
“He made more mistakes than usual. The third set was a real set after the first two,” said Nadal.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion looks in great shape as he aims to become the first man to win each of the four Grand Slams twice in the Open era.
His only previous triumph at Melbourne Park came in 2009.
Berdych caused an upset at this tournament three years ago when he beat Nadal in straight sets, ending a run of 17 consecutive defeats against him.
But a repeat performance never looked on the cards as Nadal claimed victory in just over two hours.
The former world number one will play 21-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, who beat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, in the last eight.