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Novak Djokovic crushes Lucas Pouille to reach Australian Open men's final

Baku, January 25, AZERTAC

On the hottest day in Melbourne for eight years, a red-hot Novak Djokovic stormed into Sunday's Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal with a tennis masterclass against Lucas Pouille, according to Sky Sports.

Top-seeded Djokovic, contesting his 34th career Grand Slam semi-final, pursuing a record seventh championship at Melbourne Park and 15th major trophy overall made just five unforced errors as he destroyed 28th-seeded Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 to reach the showpiece event once again.

Djokovic said: "It's definitely one of the best matches I ever had on this court. Everything worked the way I'd imagined it and even more so. Tough one for Lucas but he had a great tournament and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season."

Djokovic will now take on a rampant Rafael Nadal, who has not dropped his serve for an astonishing 63 straight games and has not lost a set on his way to the decider.

It will be their 53rd meeting overall with Djokovic leading the head-to-head record 27-25. They last met in the semi-finals of Wimbledon last year with the Serb winning a five-set thriller.

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