The 35-year-old Djokovic cruised through the opening two sets, breaking Molcan's serve three times without giving the Slovakian a single opportunity on his own delivery.
Novak Djokovic can defend his Wimbledon title after organisers say players who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to compete.
Tennis world is shocked as 25-year-old Barty announces departure from tennis, leaving behind a stellar career at a young age.
Australia detains immigrants for an average of 689 days, a period 12 times longer than the US, Human Rights Watch says.
Ash Barty win the Australian Open final 6-3, 7-6 (2) over Danielle Collins, ending a 44-year drought for Australian women at their home Grand Slam tournament.
The 35-year-old Spaniard advanced to the Australian Open final for a sixth time with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini.
Barty, the first Australian woman into the final of her home Grand Slam since 1980, is looking to add to her 2019 French Open and 2021 Wimbledon titles.
Unseeded American Amanda Anisimova saved two match points to stun the former world number one 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10/5) in third round match.
Britain's Andy Murray, ranked 113 and playing as a tournament wild card, didn't stick around afterwards and walked quickly from the court, showing great disappointment at his lost opportunity.
Osaka, winner of the 2019 and 2021 Australian Opens, has vowed to have more fun on court this year, following a difficult last year in which she said she had suffered from depression.
With the men's world number one Novak Djokovic flying home after being denied entry to defend his title, the tournament remains wide open with Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas all in contention.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said authorities in Australia "humiliated themselves" and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic called the decision to deport tennis player Novak Djokovic "scandalous."
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