Novak Djokovic dominates Lucas Pouille, setting up final vs. Rafael Nadal

Canada's Milos Raonic lost his match against France's Lucas Pouille

Canada's Milos Raonic lost his match against France's Lucas Pouille

"Novak is so rock solid, he's like a human backboard he's super flexible and shows a lot of resilience he can play long, tough matches and ready for pretty much anything you throw at him. Like, I can barely read her serve, so it's very hard for me", she said.

Djokovic has six titles at Melbourne Park, equal to Roger Federer's haul and one short of Serena Williams' Open-era record of seven titles. "I'm sure he's not feeling great about ending the Grand Slam this way", said the Serb.

The Frenchman, who will rise into the world's top 20 after the tournament, finally got on the scoreboard shortly after the half-hour mark when he held serve for 1-1 in the second set, bringing up one of the loudest cheers on a Melbourne summer evening which had lost the heat intensity of the previous day.

"It was highly unlikely 12 months ago that I would be where I am today, a year later", Djokovic said.

World No.1 Djokovic overcame the 31st-ranked Lucas Pouille, who had defeated Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final.

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If Nadal wins on Sunday, he will become only the third man in the history of tennis to win each Grand Slam title at least twice, joining retired Australian greats Rod Laver and Roy Emerson.

He is also unbeaten so far in Australian Open finals, sharing the men's mark of six titles with Roy Emerson and Federer.

Afterward, the 28-year-old Raonic said he is battling a knee injury and is expected to get it evaluated by doctors shortly.

Although Djokovic had only dropped two sets on his way to the last four, there was a suspicion that his best form was still to come. When he challenged it, and a replay confirmed his shot was good, chair umpire Nico Helwerth ordered a replay of the point.

Two-time Wimbledon champion and eighth seed Kvitova faces tournament surprise package Danielle Collins, who stunned world No. 2 Angelique Kerber on her way to her first Slam semi.

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Djokovic was exhausted after his late-night four-set win over Daniil Medvedev on Monday and made no secret of his delight to escape the quarter-final with such a light workout. "She has the right state of mind, she knows everything about tennis".

Number one seed Djokovic faced little resistance from the Frenchman, seeded 28th, as he eased past him 6-0, 6-2, 6-2.

In what way is Pliskova's new coaching set-up helping her? "You just have to know what you're doing - and she does".

Rafael Nadal lines up against exciting young prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas Thursday as he targets a fifth Australian Open final as in-form Petra Kvitova looks to extend a 10-match win streak.

"It's amusing that we're going to play for the first time against each other".

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