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Djokovic floors Fognini in lead up to joining Ferrer in quarterfinals

MELBOURNE -- Defending champion Novak Djokovic and third seed David Ferrer were first into the men's quarterfinals with contrasting victories at the Australian Open on Sunday.

World number two Djokovic outclassed Italian seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets to storm into the last eight in quick time, while Ferrer took the longer route.

Djokovic coasted to a 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 victory over the 15th-seeded Fognini in one hour 33 minutes to claim his 19th straight Grand Slam quarter-final.

Only Roger Federer (36) and Jimmy Connors (27) have more consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances than Djokovic.

Djokovic, who is bidding for a fifth Australian title and his seventh Grand Slam, also stretched his unbeaten match run to 28 since his U.S. Open triumph in New York last September.

He will face either Swiss eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka or 17th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the quarters.

"I've felt from the start of this tournament that I've been elevating my game as the tournament is going on. Every match is better," Djokovic said.

"The general feeling on the court, all the shots, using the court position really well, being aggressive, playing my style of the game.

"That's what I've done really well today overall from the first to the last point. I haven't allowed my opponent to come back to the match."

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