Venus Williams, wearing a dress that looked as if it has been taken from an artist's palette, set up a third-round clash with Maria Sharapova after outplaying Alize Cornet of France 6-3, 6-3 in the first of the night matches on Rod Laver Arena.
Novak Djokovic has no need of an artist's brushstrokes. He just uses canon fire to demolish his opponents and, for the second time in the last three Grand Slams, America's 20-year-old Ryan Harrison was his victim.
A score of 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 just about reflected the extent of the rout. Harrison, released from the nerves that accompany any notion of hope, started to find some rhythm in the third set after being broken in his first service game of the match.
"From then on out, he just had his foot on the gas pedal," said Harrison.
Basically Ryan got whooped. But the young man's self-confidence is worn like an armor against adversity and he remained undaunted. "I've played him three times now. I'm not there yet. I know how to get there. I just ...