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Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic Reaches Final After Defeating Lucas Pouille

Novak Djokovic Will Play Rafael Nadal In The Final Of The Australian Open After thrashing Lucas Pouille In The Semis.

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The 31 year old needed just an hour and 23 minutes to win 6-0 6-2 6-2 by breaking the serve seven times as he overcame seeded 28th Pouille in his first Grand Slam semi-final.

The last time the Serbian met Pouille was in Melbourne, Australia in an epic six-hour final in 2012 which the Djokovic eventually won with an outstanding display.

After the game, The Serb was very delighted to have won the match.

“It is definitely one of the best matches I’ve ever had on this court,” said the 14-time major winner.

“Everything worked how I imagined it before the match – it was a tough one for Lucas.”

The world number one is now aiming for a seventh Australian Open crown making him above Roy Emerson and Roger Federer who are among the greats in terms of all-time victories in Melbourne.

This was Djokovic’s 34th competitive Grand Slam semi-final which is a record which only Switzerland’s Roger Federer can share but has never won a main-draw match at Melbourne in his five previous visits.

The pair have not met in a competitive match before but know each other’s game because they have been regular practice partners in recent years.

The match started with Pouille seeing his serve come under immediate pressure in the second game, hitting a forehand long and then throwing another into the net to give Djokovic two break points.

Pouille had a 127mph ace and saved the second game with a wide shot and Djokovic earned a third chance after outlasting him in a long rally to knock an inch-perfect forehand down the line which made Djokovic to completely dominate the game.

The game continued with more intense action as Djokovic dismantled his second serve and win 77% of those points on his way to claiming 28 points compared to Pouille’s 12 who had a percentage of 46% in his first serve.

Throughout the game Djokovic only made one unforced error, hitting 11 winners, as his 10th straight victory in a Grand Slam semi-final looked unstoppable.

Thorughout the tournament Novak Djokovic had dropped only two sets on his way to the semi final which many people believed that his best form was still to come.,

Pouille will have something to smile with as the Frenchman will rise into the world’s top 20 after the tournament held his serve for 1-1 in the second set, bringing up one of the loudest cheers from the crowd in Australia which looked quite the previous day due to the intensity of heat.

In the fourth game, Pouille lost serve a serve with another double fault for a 3-1 lead to Djokovic and later made two more unforced errors as the Serb broke again to take the set.

The biggest victory Djokovic has had in a Grand Slam’s final four came when he thrashed Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-0 6-1 6-2 at the 2015 US Open and they was about to be a repeat when Pouille looked in danger of coming off even worse.

But Pouille had to hold to love in the sixth game causing Djokovic to make two unforced errors meant the Frenchman avoided that unwanted record.

That was like a consolation goal in football as Djokovic smashed off the final two games to reach his 24th Grand Slam final.

“I didn’t have time to put a strategy in the match,” Pouille said. “The strategy was to be aggressive, try to be the one who’s leading the point.

“But when he’s playing that far from the baseline, 10 centimetres from the baseline all the time, it’s tough to do it.”

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