Four-time champion Roger Federer coasted into the last 16 of the Australian Open on Saturday before admitting that the hard work starts now.
The sixth-seeded Swiss crushed Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2 6-2 6-3 to make it through to the last 16 of a grand slam without dropping a set for the 27th time in his career.
Federer, 32, next plays the winner of the match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who the Swiss beat over five tough sets in the Melbourne quarter-finals last year, or another Frenchman, Gilles Simon.
"This is clearly a tough draw," he told reporters. "But the important thing now for me is just that I keep playing well and I don't go crazy about who I play now.
"It's just now up to me to bring it in the next match."
Only two of Federer's record 17 grand slam titles have come in the past four years, in Australia in 2010 and at Wimbledon in 2012.
Australian Open 2014: 10 contenders to win in Melbourne
Australian Open 2014: 10 contenders to win in Melbourne
1/10 Novak Djokovic
Despite losing his number one status in the ATP rankings to Rafael Nadal last season, the bookmakers are sure to make the Serbian favourite to win his fourth Australian Open title in a row. Four of Djokovic's six grand slam titles have been won in Melbourne. The defending champion also holds a joint-record with Andre Agassi and Roger Federer for the most Australian Open Men's Singles titles in the modern era, with four.
Best result: Winner (2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013)
2/10 Rafael Nadal
The world number one heads into the Australian Open on the back of one of the most amazing winning runs of the modern era. The Spaniard's Wimbledon first round defeat to Steve Darcis seems a life-time ago as he went on to climb from fifth to top of the ATP rankings. Despite a slight blip at the end of last season, in his losses at the Shanghai Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals, Nadal has had a productive pre-season, winning the 2014 Qatar Open.
Best result: Winner (2009)
3/10 Andy Murray
The British number one is undoubtedly a contender for this year's championship by virtue of being one of the three current grand slam holders. However, the Wimbledon champion's performances ultimately come down to how successfully he has recovered from his back surgery. Murray will not go into the Australian Open in great match fitness, after an early exit in the second round of the Qatar Open to world number 40, Florian Mayer.
Best result: Finalist (2010, 2011 and 2013)
4/10 Juan Martin del Potro
Del Potro is a rank outsider for the Australian Open but on his day has the ability to defeat anyone on tour. He is the only player in eight years to have won a grand slam outside of the traditional 'big four' (Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray.) The Argentine ended last season in superb form, defeating Federer at the Swiss Indoors to win his fourth title of 2013.
Best result: Quarter-finalist (2009 and 2012)
5/10 Roger Federer
The once great magician of grand slam tennis seems to be slowly losing his powers. His latest set-back came recently at the Brisbane International where he was defeated in the final by Australian, Lleyton Hewitt. Despite a poor 2013 which saw him fall to sixth in the ATP rankings, the Swiss cannot be ruled out. His 17 grand slam titles speak for themselves.
Best result: Winner (2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010)
6/10 David Ferrer
The Spaniard is one of the most consistent players on tour but rarely makes an impact on the grand slam stage. Regarded as one of the best returners in the men's game, Ferrer's superb 2013 culminated in finishing the year third in the ATP rankings and reaching his first ever grand slam final.
Best result: Semi-finalist (2011 and 2013)
7/10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Expect Jo-Wilfried to add focus to his charismatic on-court antics as he attempts to put an injury-stricken 2013 behind him. The Frenchman retired in his second round match at Wimbledon last year and missed all of the North American competitions, including the US Open, due to this injury. If Tsonga can return to his pre-injury form, he will be a threat to any player.
Best result: Semi-finalist (2010)
8/10 Stanislas Wawrinka
Although it is unlikely that Wawrinka can show the consistency to challenge for the title, he has it in his locker to cause an upset along the way. He famously knocked Andy Murray out of last year's US Open when the British number one was defending champion. In last year's Australian Open he took Novak Djokovic to the wire, losing out in a five-set thriller.
Best result: Quarter-finalist (2011)
9/10 Bernard Tomic
Tomic won his first ATP title last year and is regarded as the next big thing in Australian tennis. Although he is only ranked 52nd in the world, expect home support to propel him further than predicted. Having previously won the Junior Australian Open in 2008, he will regard this year's senior event as the perfect chance to make an impact.
Best result: Fourth round (2012)
10/10 Lleyton Hewitt
As he reaches the latter stages of his career, the Australian number one will be eager to give his home grand slam one last crack. He enjoyed a very successful 2013, returning to the top 100 and upsetting Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open. His recent title clinching victory against Roger Federer at the Brisbane International indicates he still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Best result: Finalist (2005)
The Swiss has made a habit of demolishing his opponents in the early stages and said the move from 16 to 32 seeds may have helped his cause.
"I have had tough draws throughout my career, not every time, but in many tournaments. So I remember tough draws in early rounds," he said.
"With the 32 seeds it's a bit more predictable, a lot more predictable actually.
"That's one of the reasons I think I have always been able to go deep in slams, especially once I was able to be seeded. I took advantage of that."
Federer was barely troubled by Gabashvili, the world number 79, and though he knows he needs to lift his game, is happy with his form.
"I'm happy that I'm winning my matches in straight sets," he said.
"It's been different conditions every match. The heat first and the indoor match, and now normal conditions today with a bit of wind.
"So it's just good to get through and get a good feel out there and make sure to win your matches easily if you have a chance. That's what I was able to do today, so I'm pleased."