'Divine' Djokovic relishing blockbuster Nadal showdown

Novak Djokovic is relishing a blockbuster Australian Open final against "greatest rival" Rafael Nadal after dispatching Lucas Pouille in "divine" fashion on Friday.

Djokovic made a huge statement at Rod Laver Arena, taking just an hour and 23 minutes to thrash Frenchman Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2.

The world number one taught first-time major semi-finalist Pouille a harsh lesson at Melbourne Park, making only five unforced errors and losing just eight points on serve in a one-sided encounter.

Djokovic - bidding to become the first man to win the tournament seven times - rated his masterclass as one of the best performances of his career on the famous court.

"Considering the occasion and circumstances and playing semi-finals here, this is definitely one of the best matches I've played on Rod Laver Arena in my career." said the top seed.

"You just happen to be in that zone that we all strive for. Every professional athlete wants to be in the zone, where everything flows so effortlessly, and you are executing automatically everything you are intending to execute.

"You don't need to think too much. I guess you're driven by some force that takes over you and you feel divine, you feel like in a different dimension. It's quite an awesome feeling that we all try to reach and stay in."

Djokovic came out on top in a five-set thriller in a 2012 Australian Open decider against Nadal which took just seven minutes shy of six hours to settle.

The 14-time grand slam champion is expecting another almighty battle with the world number two, who he has only faced in Melbourne on that one incredible occasion seven years ago.

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Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic bites the net in frustration during her first round match against KazakhstanÅfs Yulia Putintseva at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Britain's Kyle Edmund serves to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to Australia's James Duckworth in their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Britain's Andy Murray reacts during his first round match against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Britain's Andy Murray reacts during a press conference following his first round loss to Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: A detail as sweat drips from the brow of Rafael Nadal of Spain in his Men's Singles Semi Final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during day 11 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning championship point in her Women's Singles Final match against Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25: Samantha Stosur of Australia plays a forehand in her Women's Doubles Final match with Shuai Zhang of China against Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France during day 12 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic plays a backhand in her Women's Singles Final match against Naomi Osaka of Japan during day 13 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Milos Raonic of Canada serves in his quarter final match against Lucas Pouille of France during day 10 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 23: Serena Williams of the United States looks on in her quarter final match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 10 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning championship point in his Men's Singles Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Japan's Naomi Osaka holds her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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"Nadal has historically throughout my life and career been the greatest rival that I ever played against, on all the surfaces," said the six-time champion.

"Some matches that we had against each other were a great turning point in my career. I feel they have made me rethink my game.

"I had some disappointing moments where I lost to him. I think I've lost to him nine times so far in the grand slams, and I lost some tough matches in finals and semis at the French Open and US Open. I won also some great matches.

"Those kind of encounters have also made me the player I am today, without a doubt. These are the kind of matches that you live for: finals of slams, playing the greatest rivals at their best. What more can you ask for? This is where you want to be."

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