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24 Jan 2019 by Alistair Mills

2019 Australian Open – Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille on and what time does it start? Friday 25th January, 2019 – not before 08:30 (UK)

What channel is Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille? https://ausopen.com/tickets?day=1&period=MD#!RLA

THE LOWDOWN

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

  • Novak Djokovic breezed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open after Kei Nishikori retired injured from their quarter-final in the second set with the Serb leading 6-1, 4-1.
  • Although Djokovic has dropped sets in two of his four completed matches so far this tournament, and made very hard work of beating Daniil Medvedev in round four, the curtailed nature of his quarter-final against Nishikori should mean the world number one is feeling rested ahead of this contest.
  • Djokovic and Pouille have never faced each other before, but Djokovic is now on a 19-match winning streak in Grand Slams and Friday’s match against Pouille will be his 34th Grand Slam semi-final.

LUCAS POUILLE

  • Lucas Pouille sprung a real surprise by beating hotly-tipped Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in four sets to reach his first ever Grand Slam semi-final.
  • The Frenchman had already upset the odds to knock out number 11 seed Borna Coric in the fourth round, but his victory against Raonic was even more impressive due to the Canadian’s excellent form and their previous head-to-head record, in which Pouille had lost every meeting without winning a set.
  • The number 28 seed has never faced Djokovic before, but Pouille’s coach Amelie Mauresmo will be very familiar with the Serb’s game as she coached Djokovic’s old rival Andy Murray from 2014 to 2016.

THE PREDICTION

Lucas Pouille has been the surprise package of this year’s tournament after shock wins against higher ranked opposition such as Coric and Raonic on the way to his first-ever Grand Slam semi-final. However, his inexperience at this stage of a tournament is likely to be punished by a ruthless Djockovic, who has gone on to win the tournament all six times he has reached the last four in Melbourne. The world number one has dropped sets throughout the tournament so far, which will give Pouille hope of an upset, but his shortened quarter-final will mean he is feeling fresh and ready. DJOKOVIC TO WIN IN FOUR SETS.

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