Novak Djokovic (ATP 1) qualified last for the finals of the Australian Open, which affects the Serbian world number 1 Rafael Nadal, the number 2. Djokovic is in bloedvorm and knew in his semi-final no mercy with the young Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, who for the first time, as far as could knock on a grandslam, but no chance had to drain off.
The 24-year-old Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 31) was no match for the 31-year-old Novak Djokovic (ATP 1). Pouille played his first semifinal in a grand slam and was clearly impressed. A huge focused Djokovicn knew no mercy, put his opponent immediately under pressure and won easy in three equally short as for Pouille painful sets: 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2. After only 1 hour and 23 minutes…
Both players were never opposite each other.
In the final take Djokovic Sunday in Melbourne against Rafael Nadal (ATP 2). The Spaniard won on Thursday in three sets of Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (ATP 15). After 1 hour and 46 minutes was the 6-2, 6-4 and 6-0 final score on the board in the Rod Laver Arena. Nadal does Sunday, is a throw back to his second victory in Melbourne, exactly ten years after his first triumph down under. Three times, lost to Nadal in the final in 2012, 2014 and 2017). Last year collided he was in the semi-final to Croatian Marin Cilic. For the Spaniard, it is also the 25th grandslamfinale. He goes for an eighteenth title (11x Roland Garros, 3x US Open, 2 Wimbledon, 1 Australian Open). Roger Federer with twenty pieces record holder.
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.