Novak Djokovic will look for his seventh title in the Open of Australia before the Spanish Rafael Nadal, after crashing on Friday in semifinals to the French Lucas Pouille by 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2.
The Serbian tennis player showed his most devastating version on the courts of Melbourne Park and closed the game in an hour and 23 minutes, teaching a brutal lesson to Pouille who was unable to react.
Djokovic attacked the lines with the precision of a machine and broke the Frenchman’s service seven times, pre-qualified 28th of the tournament, in a match in which his service was never in danger.
The Serb said he does not remember playing better than in his game on Friday in a semifinal in Melbourne. “It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played on this court, no doubt. Everything went as I wanted before the game,” he said.
Djokovic made only five unforced errors, against 27 of his rival.
On Sunday, Djokovic will seek his fifteenth Grand Slam crown, the seventh in Australia. “No doubt, I would buy a ticket for the match if I did not have one,” said the Serbian after the win.
Djokovic and Nadal will relive the 2012 final, in which the Serbian won after almost six hours of play. “That final was a unique event, and I hope that this time things come out the same.