Australian Open: Djokovic smashes Pouille to reach final


I was more aggressive. but suddenly I lost momentum and I was not playing the same game which was working", Pliskova said after the match."I stopped a little bit.

On paper, this clash looks rather lopsided, with world No. 1 Djokovic coasting into the final four while Pouille finds himself in unfamiliar Grand Slam territory.

Nadal, who would trail Federer by two if he wins his 18th Slam, could become the first man to claim a second career Grand Slam in the Open era. He was telling me about Spider-Man.

Djokovic demolished France's Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 in his semi-final on Friday, a day after Nadal eased past Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final without a dropping a set.

He holds a 27-25 edge over Nadal in their head-to-head series; Nadal leads 4-3 in Slam finals.

In what was described by commentators as the comeback of a lifetime, Czech world number seven Karolina Pliskova survived four match-points in the third set against 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams to eventually win the contest 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. "Hopefully the outcome can be the same for me".

Tsitsipas started better in the second set but fell behind 0-30 as he was victim to the classic Nadal banana shot and by missing a jumping backhand.

12 months ago as six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic trudged off the court after a fourth-round defeat to Hyeon Chung, many wondered whether he would ever reach the lofty heights that made him one of the most successful players in the Open's history. As for Djokovic, it was his 34th Grand Slam semifinal and he has won his last 10.

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Shortly after his win over Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Tuesday, Lucas Pouille couldn't help but talk about his coach: Amelie Mauresmo, whom Pouille hired in December.

"The strategy was to be aggressive, try to be the one who's leading the point".

"My son was talking about Spiderman - he was acting like a fish and doing different things - he just wished me good luck and said make sure you win".

The 14-time Grand Slam title victor was fresh because quarter-final opponent Kei Nishikori had quit after 51 minutes and he jumped all over the world number 31 right from the start.

The wide gulf in experience and accomplishments showed on a cloudy, breezy evening as Djokovic improved to 7-0 in semifinals at Melbourne Park.

Other than one face-down pratfall he took when he slipped while trying to change direction, what didn't go right for Djokovic on Friday?

At 1-1 a rasping double-handed backhand and a forehand victor gave him a first break point which the Spaniard duly converted.

He won 45 of 53 points he served, never facing a single break chance. And that's despite risking enough to produce 24 winners. "It doesn't matter", Pouille said in an on-court interview when asked about the rarity of a top-ranked male player working with a female coach.