Djokovic destroys Pouille to set up mouthwatering Australian Open final against Nadal

Djokovic destroys Pouille to set up mouthwatering Australian Open final against Nadal

Prior to Thursday, Jennifer Capriati was the last woman to follow up her first title by making the final of the next major, winning both the Australian Open and French Open in 2001.

Twenty-four hours after Nadal had defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas for the loss of only six games, Djokovic took just an hour and 23 minutes to see off France's Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2.

Staging a clinic under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, the Spanish second seed tamed the Tsitsipas serve and racked up 28 sparkling winners against the man who had knocked out double defending champion Roger Federer in the fourth round.

That he made so few mistakes while taking enough risk to accumulate 24 winners was remarkable.

But just because Djokovic is in fine form and on the verge of his third straight Grand Slam championship doesn't mean he'll get the job done against Nadal, who arguably has been even more impressive in the Australian Open 2019.

Djokovic was left struggling to remember whether he had played any better in his previous Melbourne semi-finals.

Djokovic will meet second-seeded Spaniard Nadal in Sunday's final seven years after the Serb prevailed in a five hour 53-minute epic at the 2012 tournament, the longest Grand Slam final on record. "Hopefully the outcome can be the same for me".

'Well, as you can imagine, [it was] not easy, ' Pouille said in his post match press conference.

Djokovic lost in the fourth round past year, followed by elbow surgery and poor form until he won Wimbledon and turned his season around.

The wide gulf in experience and accomplishments showed on a cloudy, breezy evening as Djokovic improved to 7-0 in semifinals at Melbourne Park. Djokovic also makes the final of the Australian Open for the seventh time in his career with a victory here.

He struck a ferocious cross-court victor to break Tsitsipas in the opening game and took the shell-shocked Greek's serve again with an overhead smash.

The rule comes into place when the scores are tied at 6-6, meaning players would need to win ten points by a margin of two.

Even managed to deliver a second-serve ace. Expect Pouille to give it his all, and play with intent, but one can not see him unsettling Djokovic.

After dropping just four games, he said on court afterwards: "It's definitely one of the best matches I've ever had on this court".

Now in the quarter-final stages of the tournament, day nine of the Australian Open on Wednesday was jam-packed with drama, action and injuries.

Soon, he would have elbow surgery, and begin the climb back to the top.

"I'm not going to put my hand up and say Rafael Nadal is not fit".

"It feels incredible because for the first time in my life I have someone screaming, "Daddy, Daddy" and it's my little boy right there", Djokovic said at the time, pointing up into his supporters' box and waved.

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