Australian Open: Novak Djokovic's heartfelt words about fatherhood


Top seed and six-time champion Novak Djokovic will be the overwhelming favourite against the 28th seed Lucas Pouille.

Djokovic - bidding to become the first man to win the tournament seven times - rated his masterclass as one of the best performances of his career on the famous court.

Novak Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal for the 53rd time in the Australian Open final on Sunday after crushing Lucas Pouille for the loss of only four games.

"I always thought he's a great quality player". There was plenty of good will toward the Frenchman at centre court but even his most loyal fans would have tutted at the way he conceded the second set in 33 minutes.

"We can promise one thing, and that's knowing both of us, that we're going to give absolutely everything out on the court. I don't think I've ever seen that in the men's professional game, a plus to that degree", Woodbridge said.

Nadal finished with a luv set, Djokovic opened with one.

Despite the player having achieved strong Grand Slam finishes in 2017, Pouille's wins against players in 2017 can only be described as very narrow, uneasy, and hard-fought.

"I feel like I can do something good against him", said the 20-year-old. Djokovic has history when it comes to streaks: He already has won all four majors in succession, although not quite the Grand Slam - he held all four major titles from 2015 Wimbledon to the 2016 French Open.

Novak Djokovic has his sights set on a record seventh Australian Open title after cruising through to the final.

For Pouille, it is too close to call. He was telling me about Spiderman. "I won also some great matches". Last year's US Open victor cruised to victory in straight sets against Ukrainian sixth-seed Elina Svitolina, 6-4, 6-1.

While Pouille tried and failed to locate the first serve that might at least have won him a few free points, Djokovic sent the ball arrowing onto the lines and into the corners.

The 28th-seeded Frenchman - coached by Andy Murray's former coach Amelie Mauresmo - taking Djokovic to deuce in the first game of the match was the best it got for him.

Technically, Pouille made 27 unforced errors for the match, but really, all were forced, by Djokovic's formidable presence. Djokovic surged again to wrap up the set 6-2. To say he's a hot favorite against Pouille is an understatement.

"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.

Raonic is now 1-3 in Australian Open quarterfinals, but he had a tough draw at Melbourne Park. With an entirely one-sided win over fourth seed Alexander Zverev, the tall Canadian was firmly in the driver's seat from the get-go, and pushed quickly against a last-minute final set fight from his younger counterpart.