It's A Nadal-Djokovic Australian Open Final Because Of Course It Is
Novak Djokovic has marched into the Australian Open final, demolishing Lucas Pouille in their semi-final.
Just as Rafael Nadal did a night earlier, the Serb made short work of his lower-ranked and younger opponent, winning 6-0 6-2 6-3 in an 83-minute stroll.
"It's definitely one of the best matches I ever had on his court, definitely," Djokovic proclaimed after mopping up the world No.31.
"Everything worked the way I imagined it before the match and even more so."
The world No.1 and No.2 will now meet in the Australian Open final for the first time since their six-hour 2012 classic viewed by many as one of the greatest matches of all time.
Friday night's semi-final sat in stark contrast.
Djokovic's groundstrokes tested Pouille beyond the Frenchman's capacity but his consistency was what killed him.
The 14-time grand slam champion simply gave his opponent nothing, making just a single unforced error in each of the first two sets and a total of five all night.
Seven of his 11 service holds came to love, demoralising the world No.31.
Pouille can at least find comfort in a career-best performance at a grand slam, which gives him the biggest payday of his career and will lift him inside the world's top 20.
Djokovic has his sights a little higher.
Already confirmed as the world No.1 after the Open, he will become the first man to win seven Australian titles should he triumph.
It would also be his third grand slam in a row after the 31-year-old's wins at Wimbledon and the US Open last year.
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