Jannik Sinner showcased his Australian Open title contender status with a dominant performance, swiftly advancing to the fourth round by defeating Argentine Sebastian Baez 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 in under two hours.
The 22-year-old Italian, seeded fourth, enjoyed a successful 2023, securing four titles and leading Italy to its first Davis Cup triumph in 47 years.
Sinner, aiming for his first Grand Slam final, emphasized the importance of maintaining a positive attitude on the court, expressing a desire to smile and laugh more during matches.
In a relaxed display on Margaret Court Arena, Sinner engaged in light-hearted moments with his coaching team before securing victory against the 26th seed Baez.
Reflecting on his approach, Sinner mentioned a shift towards incorporating moments of joy and laughter into his game, recognizing the positive impact on his on-court demeanor.
Despite his seriousness during matches, the Italian emphasized the importance of introducing moments of levity to enhance his overall attitude on the court.
Sinner's next challenge in the tournament will be against Russian 15th seed Karen Khachanov, who advanced after overcoming Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic in a four-set encounter.
Meanwhile, other notable players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Taylor Fritz also secured victories to progress to the fourth round, setting the stage for further exciting matchups in the competition.
World number one Novak Djokovic is scheduled to compete in the night session, facing Argentina's Tomas Martin Etcheverry after Etcheverry's opening-round victory against Britain's Andy Murray.