The Finale of the Best at the Australian Open is perfect: The Tennis world ranking list Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play this Sunday (09.30 PM CET/Eurosport) the successor of Roger Federer and titles in the hunt for the most Grand Slam again closer to the early failure of the Swiss approach.
Djokovic made the French outsider Lucas Pouille in the second semi-final on Friday with 6:0, 6:2, 6:2 no Chance. “This was definitely one of the best Matches I had on this Court. Everything worked out, what I have previously imagined. I’m sorry for Lucas,“ said Djokovic after the one-sided match.
In the 53. Duel with Nadal the 31-year-old Serb reaches for his 15. Titles at the four major tournaments and the the third in a row. “I would definitely buy a Ticket for this Match,” he joked. With a seventh Triumph in Melbourne he would be there to record the winner. In 2012, he defeated Nadal in the final over five sets in 5:53 hours almost. Only at 01.37 PM local time, and he’s turned in to date, the longest Grand Slam final in the history of his first match against Nadal. “That was a unique experience in life. I hope it comes back for me,“ said Djokovic.
The is only a year older Spaniard is aiming for ten years after his so far only win at the Australian Open, and three final defeats its 18 locations. The Grand Slam trophy and had only two less than Federer. Nadal had already come on Thursday with 6:2, 6:4, 6:0 against the Greeks Stefanos Tsitsipas to the final and took only slightly longer than Djokovic, who was just as dominant as his long-time rival 24 hours in advance. Only in his first service game, the favourites had problems, then he sped in just 23 minutes through the first set. Pouille knew in his first Grand Slam semi-final, barely, what had happened to him and also seemed nervous. The 24-year-old protege of the previous world ranking list Amélie Mauresmo made with a double fault on his serve gave Djokovic in the first comparison of the two otherwise too many points.
1:1 in the second set, the world was ranked 31. after the first good actions in his first game. With a pleasant 25 degrees – almost 20 fewer than at lunch time – scoreline Djokovic from the baseline, but virtually error-free and profited in the 3:1 from the nearest double-fault of Pouille.
The pace of excellent premium and precision balls circulating Djokovic just stayed too high. After his elbow surgery and a long break in the previous year, regained the Wimbledon and US Open Champion division as the task of victory against the Japanese Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals. Thus, the a day break, Nadal before the final, not likely to fall into the weight.