On a glorious summer's day on Rod Laver Arena, some scorching tennis from Andy Murray totally dismantled Guillermo Garcia-Lopez's game, the Scot winning 6-1 6-1 6-2 to breeze through to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
In the previous round against Marchenko, Murray had brought a partisan crowd to near fever pitch, but the 27-year-old Spaniard tried to claim them for his own on just the second point, with a sensational hotdog passing shot.
It proved to be a false dawn, with Murray breaking Garcia-Lopez's serve no fewer than four times in the first set, in an aggressive display of fine serving, resolute defence and bewitching groundstrokes.
In truth, it was hard to see how the 32nd seed had chalked up a recent hard-court success over Nadal, so toothless was his serve and so weak his resolve in the backcourt rallies. Read more (438 words)
As the first set progressed, the Spaniard became more and more passive and erratic, conceding loose points for fun, as Murray scored time and again with his marquee down-the-line backhand, astute drop shots and new powerhouse forehand.
While Garcia-Lopez's serving percentage hit a more-than-respectable mid-sixties, it was the lack of pace that was his undoing. Had the speed radar been calibrated in mph, it would have frequently registered double figures.
With Murray quick to capitalise on this glaring weakness, the first set lasted just 24 minutes.
The second began in a similar vein, with the fifth seed seemingly able to break at will. When the Spaniard, who had foolishly vowed beforehand to 'give Murray nothing', lost serve for the second time to go 4-0 down, he showed his frustration by propelling a ball over the Rod Laver grandstand.
At 5-0, the browbeaten Spaniard held serve for the first time, sarcastically blowing kisses to a subdued Aussie crowd. The love was short-lived, as Murray served out to take a two-set lead after just 52 minutes on court.
As Murray continued to pick Garcia-Lopez's game to pieces in the third set, it seemed only a loss of concentration might halt the Scottish juggernaut. For bleary-eyed fans back home, such a blip might have been expected. But for once it was not to be.
Although Garcia-Lopez opened his shoulders to produce some spirited serving and dogged rallying in the early part of the set, Murray was simply doing everything better than the Spaniard.
As he ran Garcia-Lopez ragged, the feisty Scot treated his fans to a couple of welcome sights: a visibly improved second serve and a firecracker forehand. This latter shot scored with some deep drives that broke not only the Spaniard's serve at 2-2, but his spirit, too.
Garcia-Lopez, who, with his wiry frame and bright-yellow shirt, resembled more a Tour de France leader than an elite tennis professional, knew that his race was run.
Murray duly completed his inexorable march towards the fourth round, with an array of blistering and beguiling shots that pulled Garcia-Lopez into places that he simply didn't want to be.
After this woeful, ineffectual display, the Spaniard will be applying that description to Melbourne. His immediate future will probably involve a fast car and an airport.
For Murray, the coming days look brighter, with promising starlet Dolgopolov handily disposing of Tsonga, a potential quarter-final opponent who put Murray out of this event in 2008.
The British number one now awaits the result of the Baghdatis-Melzer clash, scheduled for around 8am GMT. On this scintillating form, Murray probably couldn't care less who comes through.