Australian Open: Novak Djokovic excited by Rafael Nadal final

Novak Djokovic's son gave tennis ace winning pep-talk before Aus Open semi-final

Seven years ago they faced off in the final at Melbourne Park and the result was the longest grand slam final in history at five hours, 53 minutes.

France's Lucas Pouille in action during his match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

"I would definitely want to buy the ticket for that match", Djokovic told the crowd.

"Today was a flawless match for me, from the first point to the last point", Djokovic said. We have slightly different rules this year and I don't think we will go that far. "Finally, I could make it deep into a major, and I really enjoy a final, and whatever happens, I'm really very, very happy". However, only 24 years-old of age, the Frenchman still has a lot of promise. He's going to pre-school, " the six-time Australian Open champion said in his on-court interview.

Djokovic is now the fifth player - and first man - in the Open Era to win multiple 6-0 sets in a Grand Slam semi-final. But he knows it will be impossible to repeat in Sunday's final against the man he describes as his greatest rival, No 2 Rafael Nadal, and that he will need to find other ways to win.

But just because Djokovic is in fine form and on the verge of his third straight Grand Slam championship doesn't mean he'll get the job done against Nadal, who arguably has been even more impressive in the Australian Open 2019.

Novak created two break points in the fourth game of the match but Roger stayed calm, winning four points in a row to avoid an early setback and breaking Djokovic at 3-3 to move in front.

For Pouille, it is too close to call.

Nadal insisted Tsitsipas should not be despondent, saying: "I played so well". "We'll see on Sunday how he goes, because Rafa looks pretty incredible, too". The victor will play 17-time major victor Rafael Nadal, who beat 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets on Thursday night. Djokovic will go into their latest clash with a slight edge.

Despite the scoreline, Djokovic still has high-hopes for Pouille's future.

Working with 2006 Australian Open women's champion Amelie Mauresmo has been one of the key factors.

Djokovic committed only five unforced errors during the 82 minute annihilation on Rod Laver Arena.

Who is the favorite between Djokovic and Nadal?

Pouille rallied at the start of the second set but was broken in his second service game after a double fault placed Djokovic in a commanding position.

'When he's like this, yeah, he's unbelievable, and not so many players can beat him for sure.

"Maybe it's the fact they have children and then they have to leave the children", said Mauresmo, who brought her two children with her to Melbourne.

Canadian Milos Raonic is done at the Australian Open - and now is facing another health concern.

Hardly the outing Tsonga wanted heading into the weekend. Federer routed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in one hour, 28 minutes in 2010.



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