Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. After one and a half set gave his opponent Kei Nishikori with a 6-1 and 4-1-intermediate. In the semi-final, the number one of the world against the Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 31).
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Djokovic had fifteen of the seventeen previous encounters with Nishikori won, and was Wednesday in Rod Laver Arena on the way to a smooth sixteenth victory when Nishikori in the towel threw after 52 minutes of competition. The Japanese had visibly suffered from fatigue after he Monday more than five hours on the job was against the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta. In which party he took an 0-2 deficit, but that had a lot of energy cost.
“This is not the way I wanted to qualify. We have already often fought great duels. I hope it’s not too serious and he will recover quickly”, responded to Djokovic after the statement of his opponent.
The last obstacle for Djokovic on the way to the final, the Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 31). That put the Canadian Milos Raonic (ATP 17) to the side with 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-7 (2/7) and 6-4.
“I look forward to a fight. It is his first semifinal in a grand slam. I expect that he will give”, was Djokovic further.
The 31-year-old Djokovic is aiming for a seventh victory in Australia. He won the ‘happy slam’ in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Last year he lost surprisingly in the eighth finals of the South Korean Hyeon Chung.
Against the 24-year-old Pouille played Djokovic had not previously.
The other semi-final is a duel between the Spaniard Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) and of the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 15).