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Australian Open: Djokovic sets up summit clash with Nadal


MELBOURNE: A rampant Novak Djokovic finished a surprising 6-Zero, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Lucas Pouille on Friday to storm into his seventh Australian Open ultimate and set up a mouthwatering identify match with Rafa Nadal.

The six-time champion used to be at his devastating very 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 best semi-finals file to 7-Zero at Melbourne Park.

Attacking the strains with machine-like precision, Djokovic broke the 28th-seeded Frenchman seven occasions yet by no means appeared in peril of conceding a damage level.

Top seed Djokovic wrapped up the encounter on the second match level when Pouille netted and the Serb will face Nadal on the lookout for a file seventh identify in Melbourne.

Djokovic used to be left struggling to keep in mind whether or not he had played any higher in his earlier Melbourne semi-finals.

"It's definitely one of the best matches I have ever had on this court, definitely. Everything worked the way I intended before the match," he stated.

Djokovic will meet second-seeded Spaniard Nadal in Sunday's ultimate seven years after the Serb prevailed in a 5 hour 53-minute epic on the 2012 event, the longest Grand Slam ultimate on file.

"I would definitely want to buy the ticket for the match, for those who haven't yet," he quipped in his on-court interview.

"That's (2012 final) a once in a life-time event and hopefully the outcome will be the same for me."

Even ahead of coming into the court on Friday, Djokovic used to be a heavy favorite on paper.

No Frenchman had overwhelmed him in 27 earlier suits on the Grand Slams, his final defeat coming against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the 2010 quarter-finals in Melbourne.

A nervous-looking Pouille felt the load of historical past and used to be soon below siege on serve.

After saving two damage issues, he struck a double-fault to fall 2-Zero behind.

That used to be all the head-start Djokovic wanted as he roared to a 5-Zero lead ahead of most of the centre court fans had settled in their seats.

Djokovic smiled ruefully after wasting a set level with an bold drop shot from the baseline.

But with some other two in the bank and an nervous opponent, he may come up with the money for the luxurious.

Pouille did little with the reprieve, smacking a forehand long, and when the mud had cleared, he appeared up to see the set used to be long past in 23 mins.

A low rumble of unease coursed in the course of the stadium as Djokovic broke the Frenchman to guide Three-1 in the second, with fans being served up an execution relatively than treated to a competition.


After Pouille held serve to 4-2, the gang erupted.


There used to be a variety of just right will toward the Frenchman at centre court but even his most loyal fans would have tutted on the approach he conceded the second set in 33 mins.


He squandered an opportunity to carry serve with an errant backhand then lazily fired broad off the same wing to hand the Serb a two-set lead.


From there it used to be educational, as Djokovic whipped in the course of the final set in 27 mins, with Pouille yet some other of the Tour's young hopefuls left humbled via the grasp Serb.


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