"What else can you ask for?", Noted the world number 1 Novak Djokovic When asked about the attractions that surround the end of it Open from Australia which disputes on Sunday (from 08:30 AM GMT – 5.30 of Argentina) before Rafael Nadal (No. 2), a duel for the story between two of the best tennis players ever. Television ESPN
"It's the kind of game you live for: a Grand Slam final, playing with the best at its best level," Djokovic said Friday, after destroying French Lucas Pouille in the semifinals in 83 minutes (6-0, 6-2 and 6-2).
"What else can you ask? It's where I want to be," he added.
Both players add up 31 wins in Grand Slam -17 for Nadal, 14 for Djokovic- And they threaten the record of Roger Federer, the third leg of the legendary trio, which adds 20.
The 31-year-old Serbian wins his seventh title in Melbourne, a record in the first major of the year, while Nadal, 32, aims to become the first tennis player in the world Open when he won the four Grand Slam at least twice, a decade after his first crown in Australia (2009).
it will be 53nd confrontation between the two giants, The eighth in a Grand Slam final. Djokovic dominates the individual balance with 27 wins, for 25 of Christmas, while Spanish has been better in title matches in the big (4-3), including the last three.
These are the players who have faced more times in the Open era, and in record there is their final match in Australia in 2012 when Djokovic won after a 5-hour battle and 53 minutes.
It was the final of a great longest in history and undoubtedly one of the best, which ended with two exhausted players exhausted and seated in chairs during the trophy ceremony. Then Djokovic completed a comeback in the last set and won 7-5.
"Nadal has historically been in my life and my career is the biggest rival with what I've played, on all surfaces," said Djokovic.
"I had a tough time, in which I lost. I've lost some very competitive matches, I've also won other great ones. These duels made me the player I am currently", he added.
How do players arrive on the indicated day? Both come to wipe out in semifinals. Nadal did not give any option to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the sensation of the tournament and twig of the double defender of the title Federer to eighth.
The Spanish completed an exhibition (6-2, 6-4 and 6-0). After four months without compete, after retiring by injury in the semifinals of the US Open, Nadal reappeared in Australia with the most offensive game that he remembers; a different and effective service, the right very tuned and spectacular in the ups and downs of the network. You have not lost a set in the tournament.
Djokovic, in a less striking version, left two hoses, but at any junction he gave the impression of losing the game.
"I just have to think about my way, that's my feeling, I have to keep doing the things I've done, and I hope I have one of these special days," Nadal said after winning Tsitsipas.
"There's so much at stake … Nadal will be on the other side of the network, it will be a Grand Slam final, if you do not motivate yourself with these things, is that something is wrong," added Djokovic, who keep world number 1 no matter what happens on a summer night in Melbourne.