Six-time champion Novak Djokovic needed just 83 minutes to beat Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 and advance to another the Australian Open final. Djokovic made only five unforced errors in the entire match and hit 24 winners in a near-perfect display from the Serbian. Adding to this, the 31-year-old dropped just eight points on serve in the three sets, winning 84 percent of his first serve points and 87 percent of his second deliveries. Known as one of the greatest players in tennis history, Djokovic is now just one win away from becoming the first man to win seven titles at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic will next face rival Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final. The 17-time Grand Slam champion ended Stefanos Tsitsipas’ dream run with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 win in an hour and 46 minutes. Nadal looked completely dominant against the Greek, finishing the match with 28 winners to just 14 unforced errors. On the other hand, the 2009 champion won 66 consecutive service games has not been broken since the final set of his first-round victory against James Duckworth.
This will be the 53rd meeting between these two players. Djokovic leads 27-25 in their head-to-head, winning 12 of their last 15 official encounters on the ATP World Tour.
Looking now at the odds for this contest, Djokovic is the slight favorite at -125 with Pinnacle while 5Dimes offers +120 for the Spaniard to lift the trophy. Despite Nadal’s incredible run, it’s impossible to go against Novak on this matchup. The Serbian won all the last seven matches against Nadal on Hard Court with the Spaniard losing three finals at Melbourne Park since 2012. On the other hand, Djokovic has won the title in all his six previous appearances at the Australian Open final. With this in mind, our suggestion is to take advantage of the value on Novak’s tennis betting odds to win a record seventh Australian Open title.