Australian Open 2019: Results, Highlights, Friday Scores Recap from Melbourne

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2019

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory against France's Lucas Pouille during their men's singles semi-final match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 25, 2019. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Novak Djokovic will play for a record seventh Australian Open title in Sunday's final against Rafael Nadal after he demolished Lucas Pouille in Friday's semi-final.

The world No. 1 beat his French opponent 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 in a brilliant display to advance to his 24th Grand Slam final.

It was an even more efficient last-four display than Nadal's drubbing of Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday.

The Spaniard came through in one hour, 46 minutes, while Djokovic wrapped up victory in one hour, 23 minutes.


Men's Singles Result 

(1) Novak Djokovic bt. (28) Lucas Pouille: 6-0, 6-2, 6-2


Full results and draws can be found at the Australian Open's official website.  


Fatigue is unlikely to be an issue for either player in the final.

Djokovic had spent just 52 minutes on court before Kei Nishikori retired from their quarter-final clash, and he barely broke a sweat in beating Pouille.

Meanwhile, Nadal has not dropped a set all tournament:

#AusOpen @AustralianOpen

Both men go into the #AusOpen final relatively refreshed. Djokovic time on court: 11 hours, 59 minutes Nadal time on court: 12 hours, 11 minutes https://t.co/zxqXMCfT7l

Based on the pair's respective form, it could be one of the great finals on Rod Laver Arena.

There were suggestions from many as he beat Tsitsipas that Nadal has rarely been in better form:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

The best Nadal we've ever seen? You've gotta feel for Tsitsipas #AusOpen https://t.co/orGhOVvnGb

And the same could be said of Djokovic, whose performance against Pouille was breathtaking, even by his own admission:

George Bellshaw @BellshawGeorge

Djokovic: 'It's definitely one of the best matches I ever had on this court. Definitely. Everything worked the way I imagined it before the match and more so. Tough one for Lucas.'

He made just five unforced errors in the entire match and just one in an opening set where he did not allow Pouille a game:

Eurosport UK @Eurosport_UK

Oof, Novak looks like he's in the mood for something special 😍 https://t.co/XY1WMELkrI

The No. 28 seed, who had never before even got past the first round at the Australian Open, finally got on the board as he held for 1-1 in the second set, but he had to produce two stunning passing shots just to take one game:

#AusOpen @AustralianOpen

.@la_pouille's heating up 🔥 #AusOpen https://t.co/ypa9aZUSzW

And he was a break behind again in no time as he simply could not live with Djokovic's hitting. 

The victory was routine for Djokovic as he broke again to win the second set 6-2 before producing a carbon copy display in the third to take the match.

There was nothing routine about the performance, though:

Eleanor Crooks @EleanorcrooksPA

An hour and 23 minutes and Djokovic wins 6-0 6-2 6-2. Absolutely masterful performance from him, have to feel for Pouille. We will have Djokovic-Nadal episode 53 on Sunday. The last time they met here was that final in 2012

David Law @DavidLawTennis

Realise Pouille is struggling with the stage, style of opponent. But Djokovic is playing out of his mind. The ball is pinging off his racquet like it did vs. Khachanov at Wimbledon, and Del Potro in the US Open final. Made a slow court look fast. Him vs. Nadal? Wow.

The top seed has not been at his best throughout the tournament, but he seems to have found top form at the perfect moment, and he will need perfection if he is to beat Nadal.   


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