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Djokovic vs Pouille Australian Open SF predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 24 Jan 2019
  • Novak Djokovic faces Lucas Pouille in the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
  • Djokovic is 6-0 in Australian Open semi-finals
  • Pouille has never beaten a top four player or World No. 1

Novak Djokovic vs Lucas Pouille Australian Open 2019 semi-final match preview, predictions and betting tips - is the World No. 1 set to remain unbeaten in Australian Open semi-finals?


Date: Friday January 25
Start time: 7.30pm local time (8.30am GMT)
Court: Rod Laver Arena

Djokovic vs Pouille predictions


Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic is unbeaten in Melbourne when he reaches this stage of the tournament - will that trend continue on Friday night against 28th seed Lucas Pouille for a place in the final?

Indeed, Djokovic is a flawless 12-0 in Australian Open semi-finals and finals since first making it to this period of the event back in 2008, where he secured his first Grand Slam title with wins over Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Djokovic would go on to claim an Australian Open three-peat from 2011-13 with two wins over Andy Murray and the famous six-hour epic over Rafael Nadal before taking home two more crowns in 2015 and 2016, conquering Murray on two more occasions. The Serbian hasn’t lifted the trophy since that year, suffering shock losses to Denis Istomin and Hyeon Chung in the last two editions, but he’s remained the firm favourite throughout the 2019 tournament.

Djokovic opened his campaign with two comfortable straight sets victories over qualifier Mitchell Krueger and Tsonga in a rematch of the 2008 showpiece before dropping his first set of the tournament against rising star Denis Shapovalov. It was a strange lapse of concentration from Djokovic as he grew frustrated at the lights being switched on despite plenty of sunlight still beaming onto the court, but he regrouped immediately after losing the third to storm through the fourth 6-0. Djokovic also lost a set against another young gun in Daniil Medvedev from another winning position, but for me, that was more of the Russian playing well and taking it to the top seed. Once more, Djokovic’s response was immediate and he prevailed in four before benefitting from a Kei Nishikori retirement in Wednesday night’s quarter-finals, with the Japanese pulling the plug down 1-6 1-4 as he broke down from three previous five-setters. You can get odds of 1/12 @ William Hill for Djokovic to beat Pouille.

If Djokovic’s progression to the semi-finals was totally expected, the exact opposite can be said for Pouille. The Frenchman had only won back-to-back matches once since June, had slipped from the top 10 to outside the top 30 and lost all four matches he played to launch the 2019 season, going down in three outings at the Hopman Cup and falling in the first round of the Sydney International before arriving in Melbourne. Furthermore, Pouille had never previously won a single match at the Australian Open, but with new coach Amelie Mauresmo pulling the strings, he’s managed to produce some of his best tennis over the last fortnight.

After moving past Mikhail Kukushkin and Maximilian Marterer, Pouille found himself in an almighty battle with rising teenage wildcard Alexei Popyrin in the third round, blowing a match point in the third set that ultimately saw him dragged into a real battle and a deciding fifth set. Pouille regrouped and used his experienced to prevail and has raised his level for the business end of the tournament, taking out Borna Coric in four sets before playing one of the best matches of his career to beat the in-form Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals, only dropping serve once as he eliminated the Canadian by a 7-6(4) 6-3 6-7(2) 6-4 scoreline. Pouille remained strong mentally and was calm throughout as he patiently waited for his chances behind the big Raonic serve and executed when he was given the opportunity. If you fancy Pouille for a shock upset, he’s 17/2 @ BetVictor.

Djokovic vs Pouille match stats


  • This will be the first career meeting between the pair
  • Djokovic playing his 34th Grand Slam semi-final; Pouille competing in his first
  • Djokovic is 6-0 in Australian Open semi-finals
  • Pouille has never beaten a top four player or World No. 1
  • Pouille also yet to defeat a top 10 player since 2016

Djokovic vs Pouille betting tips


An athletic and dynamic player with excellent movement and shotmaking skills, Pouille has the attributes to take it to Djokovic, but he will have to remain extremely aggressive, because you’re never going to outlast the Serbian from the baseline, as Medvedev found out in the fourth round. However, at the end of the day, Djokovic has never lost when making it to the final four of the Australian Open, and when he’s dialled in like he is, it’s going to take one hell of an effort to break down his impenetrable defence. I’m expecting a straight sets win for the World No. 1 as he looks to reach a seventh Australian Open final.

Djokovic vs Pouille odds


Djokovic to win - 1/12 @ William Hill
Pouille to win - 17/2 @ BetVictor

Djokovic vs Pouille recommended bet


Djokovic to win in straight sets at 4/9 @ bet365

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