Melbourne- Top seed Novak djokovic took the first step along the path that many expect will lead to his fifth Australian Open title with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene.

djokovic , the heavy favorite to win the season opening grand slam after a superb second half of 2014, barely raised a sweat in his victory over the 25-year-old Bedene, who received courtside medical treatment early in the third set.

The 27-year-old Serb had little trouble against Bedene, who lost the Chennai final last week to Australian Open champion Stanislas wawrinka , winning the match in 109 minutes.

He will now face either Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov or Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the next round.