‘I’m sure we’re going to have a blast on the court’: Novak Djokovic promises another epic Australian Open final against his ‘biggest rival’ Rafael Nadal
- Novak Djokovic renews his rivalry with Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final
- The pair shared a 5hr 53minute epic on Rod Laver Arena in the 2012 final
- Djokovic said: ‘Both of us are going to give absolutely everything on the court’
Novak Djokovic has promised a feast of tennis when he faces his ‘biggest rival’ Rafael Nadal in the final of the Australian Open this weekend.
The old foes have set up a rematch of their classic in Melbourne seven years ago, where Djokovic emerged victorious after nearly six hours on court.
Djokovic brutally dispatched Lucas Pouille in straight sets in Friday’s semi-final, losing only four games just 24 hours after Nadal lost only six against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Novak Djokovic reached his seventh Australian Open final after beating Lucas Pouille
The world No 1 will renew his rivalry with Rafael Nadal (above) in Sunday’s showpiece
Asked if he was trying to outdo Nadal, a smiling Djokovic replied: ‘Yes. It was hard to do that, but somehow I managed.
‘He has played impressively well throughout the entire tournament. He hasn’t dropped a set. He looked as good as ever on the hard court throughout these few weeks.
‘I haven’t played bad myself the last couple of matches. I think that this final comes at the right time for both of us. I’m sure we’re going to have a blast on the court.’
Djokovic emerged victorious after an epic final at the Australian Open seven years ago
It is their first meeting in the final of a Major since the French Open in 2012. Djokovic was the victor in their last Slam encounter, a five-hour thriller on Centre Court at Wimbledon last year.
‘We can promise one thing, and that’s knowing both of us are going to give absolutely everything out on the court. I think people will enjoy it’, he said.
‘He’s my biggest rival in my career. I’ve played so many matches against him, epic matches on this court. Of course, the one that stands out was the final of six hours almost in 2012. Hopefully we don’t go that long this time.’
Djokovic poses with the trophy after edging a 5hr 53minute epic on the Rod Laver Arena