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Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Puil for Rafael Nadal's final

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open every time he reached the semifinals
Australian Open 2019
Location: Park Melbourne Dates: January 14-27
Coverage: Daily live reviews on the BBC's website, every day listening to the 7:00 GMT BBC Live Radio at Live BBC Radio 5 and watching highlights on BBC TV and online.

Leading coach Novak Djokovic staged a final Australian Open tournament against Rafael Nadal by knocking Lucas Puil into a one-sided semi-final.

Serbia at 31 was only one hour and 23 minutes to win 6-0 6-2 6-2.

Djokovic interrupted his job seven times, surpassing 24-year-old Frenchman Puil, who defeated the 28th in his first Grand Slam semi-finals.

Djokovic and Spaniard Nadal, who have 31 Grand Slam titles among them, meet on Sunday.

World No. 1 staged their first meeting in Melbourne after their epic six-hour final in 2012, which Serbia won – with an almost flawless performance against Pouille.

He made only five casual mistakes and hit 29 winners at the Rod Laver Arena.

"This is definitely one of the best games I've ever had in this court," said the 14-time winner.

"It all worked the way I imagined it before the game – it was hard for Lucas."

Djokovic strives for a seventh Australian crown that will take him out of Roy Emerson and Roger Federer in all time in Melbourne.

Nadal, who would have fed Federer with two, if he won his 18th major, could be the first person to claim a second Grand Slam career in the Open era.

Dominic Djokovic has defined a tone from the beginning

Djokovic competed in the 34th Grand Slam semi-final, a record achieved only by Federer from Switzerland, against a player who had never won a Melbourne match in his five previous visits.

Although the couple did not meet in a competitive match, they were familiar with their game, as they have been regular partners in recent years.

Unfortunately, Pouille and those who paid up to £ 400 for a ticket, the second semi-final proved to be a bit more than the world's number one training match.

Poil saw his service being put under immediate pressure in the second game, accumulating forward and then throwing another in the net to give Djokovic two break points.

Although he saved both of them – the second one with a 127 centimeters wide – Djokovic won a third chance after surviving in a long rally to hit a perfect forehand down the line.

This time, Puil pulled out and passed the double error.

This put the tone of an opening, which Djokovic completely dominated.

Pauil's first service dropped 46%, allowing Djokovic to break his second serve and gain 77% of those points on his way to the 28 points, compared to 12 in the first set.

Djokovic also made just one casual mistake, hitting 11 winners, with his 10th victory in the Grand Slam semi-final seemed inevitable.

Djokovic's way to the final

Round Opponent result road
first Mitchell Krueger 6-3 6-2 6-2 2 hours 3 minutes
second Joe-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 7-5 6-4 2 hours 4 minutes
third Dennis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-0 2 hours and 22 minutes
fourth Daniel Medvedev 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3 3 hours and 15 minutes
Quarter finals Kai Nishikori 6-1 4-1 (retired) 52 minutes
Semi-finals Lucas Puil 6-0 6-2 6-2 1 hour 23 minutes

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