Djokovic destroys Pouille to set up Nadal showdown

Saturday, 2019-01-26 07:22:12
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after winning his match against France's Lucas Pouille, Jan 25, 2019. (Reuters)
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A rampant Novak Djokovic completed a stunning 6-0 6-2 6-2 demolition of Lucas Pouille on Friday to storm into his seventh Australian Open final and set up a mouthwatering title match with Rafa Nadal.

The six-times champion was at his devastating best in the one hour and 23 minute procession as he gave the hapless Pouille a brutal lesson in Grand Slam tennis and extended his perfect semi-finals record to 7-0 at Melbourne Park.

A day after second seed Nadal conceded only six games to 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in their one-sided semi-final, Djokovic continued the next generation smack-down by coughing up only four.

Attacking the lines with machine-like precision, he broke the 28th-seeded Frenchman seven times yet never looked in danger of conceding a break point.

The score would suggest it was Djokovic's most dominant semi, just edging the 6-2 6-2 6-1 humiliation of David Ferrer in the 2013 tournament.

Only five unforced errors came off his racket, 22 fewer than Pouille's haul.

Bidding for his 15th Grand Slam title and a record seventh at Melbourne Park, Djokovic will meet Nadal in Sunday's final seven years after edging him in a five hour 53-minute epic, the longest Grand Slam final on record.

Reuters