Australian Open

Pouille powerless to 'find any solution' to dominant Djokovic

2019-01-25 15:42
Lucas Pouille (AP)

Melbourne - Lucas Pouille admitted that world No 1 Novak Djokovic played so well in their Australian Open semi-final on Friday that he was powerless to resist. 

Top seed Djokovic destroyed the Frenchman, seeded 28, in just 83 minutes 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to sprint into a final against Rafael Nadal. 

"I was trying to find a solution, but couldn't find any," said a shattered Pouille after witnessing a near-perfect display from the Serbian 14-time Grand Slam winner. 

"I think (his) first mistake came after maybe one set, I don't know," he said of Djokovic who made only five unforced errors in the entire match and hit 24 winners. 

"I think he just played amazing. He was too good today." 

Pouille is coached by 2006 women's Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo. 

The Frenchman conceded that Djokovic was out of the blocks so fast that he never had a chance to put any of their carefully hatched plans into action. 

"I didn't have time to put a strategy in the match," the world No 31 lamented. 

"The strategy was to be aggressive, try to be the one who's leading the point. 

"But when he's playing that far from the baseline, 10 centimetres from the baseline all the time, it's tough to do it." 

Pouille said that Djokovic, who has won all six of his previous Australian Open finals, would be hard to stop from claiming a record seventh on Sunday. 

He believes even Nadal, who has not dropped a set so far and similarly romped past Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday, may have a tough time against the rampant Serb on this form. 

"I think when he's playing like this, yeah, he's the best in the world for sure. 

"We'll see on Sunday how he goes, because Rafa looks pretty amazing, too."


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