Australian Open: Novak Djokovic excited by Rafael Nadal final

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic excited by Rafael Nadal final

Djokovic has so far won 14 Grand Slam finals, closely flowing Nadal, with 17, and Roger Federer, with 20. As long as Nadal is as consistent with his serve as he's been in this tournament, he's got a real to win his fourth grand slam since 2017.

Tsitsipas, in just his second Australian Open and seventh appearance at a Grand Slam, was looking to become the first Greek player - man or woman - to reach a final in a major.

Up against Pouille in the semi-final, Djokovic was the outright favourite.

Unsurprisingly, Rafa Nadal eased past Stefanos Tsitsipas last night, with my assertion that Tstisipas would need to address his woeful service data from previous head to head matches proving pretty accurate.

Frenchman Pouille, who had never faced Djokovic before, had made it through to the last four of a slam for the first time but was left helpless in the face of such a brilliant performance.

A low rumble of unease coursed through the stadium as Djokovic broke to lead 3-1 in the second, with fans being served up an execution rather than treated to a contest.

"It has been a great match, a great tournament, I think I've played very well every day", the 32-year-old said in his courtside interview after a pumped-up celebration.

Djokovic came out on top in a five-set thriller in a 2012 Australian Open decider against Nadal which took just seven minutes shy of six hours to settle. Djokovic? "I have a slightly different approach; I adapt the age to the game", he said.

The two have never met in any global competition and there is a wide gap of 30 ranking spots between the 14-time Grand Slam champion and the first-time Major semi-finalist.

These two have played 52 times and Djokovic has won 27 of those meetings.

After a hard two years of injuries, indifferent form, and drop in rankings, Djokovic has made a strong comeback since Wimbledon 2018, winning Wimbledon and the US Open, alongside the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati.

"But I talked with him about 45 minutes before the match".

He did, however, wish him luck, which seemed to work as Djokovic coasted to a straight-sets win.

So who wins Djokovic vs. Nadal?

A rested and recovered Djokovic then pummeled the 24-year-old Pouille. The safe pick is with Djokovic and I can't argue against it. In it, the Serbian did not make an unforced error until set point when he misjudged a drop shot.

Additionally, Djokovic now has 15 bagel (6-0) opening sets in his Grand Slam career, the most among men in the Open Era.

However, when you consider the drama that surrounded her triumph at Flushing Meadows - and who could forget Osaka being moved to tears in the post-match presentation as boos rained down from the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium - this really is a run to be admired.

This is a complete toss-up in my eyes despite the recent one-sided history.

"It was highly unlikely 12 months ago that I would be where I am today, a year later", Djokovic said. "I'm sure we're going to have a blast on the court".



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