Pouille: Perfect Djokovic was too good

Lucas Pouille congratulates Novak Djokovic after his crushing win

Lucas Pouille could not find any answers to the brilliance of Novak Djokovic, who consigned him to a semi-final thrashing in Melbourne.

Lucas Pouille said he was at a loss to combat a “perfect” performance from Novak Djokovic after suffering a crushing Australian Open semi-final defeat to the world number one.

Djokovic gave the first-time grand slam semi-finalist a harsh lesson on Rod Laver Arena on Friday, taking just an hour and 23 minutes to wrap up a 6-0 6-2 6-2 hammering.

Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille in straight sets in the semifinal of Australian Open

The top seed described a near-flawless exhibition as one of his best on the famous court at Melbourne Park.

Frenchman Pouille – who had never won a match in the main draw at the first major of the year until last week – said the 14-time grand slam champion was simply too good.

“As you can imagine, it was not easy,” said the 28th seed. “I was trying to find a solution but couldn’t find any.

“From the beginning, I think the first mistake [from Djokovic] came after maybe one set, I don’t know.

“If I wanted to get closer or arrive at the end of one set 4-4, I had to serve 90 per cent or 100 per cent first serve. Even then I was not sure to get close. I think he just played amazing. He was too good today.”

Pouille is anticipating a classic final between Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on Sunday, when the Serb will attempt to become the first man to win the tournament seven times.

He said of Djokovic: “I think when he’s playing like this, he’s the best in the world for sure.

“We’ll see on Sunday how he goes, because Rafa looks pretty amazing, too. I think they going to make a great match again. But I think when he [Djokovic] doesn’t make mistakes, he’s
moving so well, he’s coming back from defense to offence. I think he’s playing perfectly good.”