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Summary

  1. Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2 to reach Australian Open final
  2. World number one will face second seed Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final
  3. Listen to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2

    An absolute destruction from Novak Djokovic and that is where we will end this live page.

    Join us again at 08:00 GMT on Saturday for the women's singles final between Petra Kvitova and Naomi Osaka.

    As always, thanks for joining us and goodbye for now.

  2. Dominant Djokovic sets up Nadal final - read the report

    Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

    Novak Djokovic

    Top seed Novak Djokovic set up a tantalising Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal by thrashing Lucas Pouille in a one-sided semi-final.

    The Serb, 31, needed just one hour and 23 minutes to win 6-0 6-2 6-2.

    Djokovic broke serve seven times as he outclassed 24-year-old Frenchman Pouille, seeded 28th and in his first Grand Slam semi-final.

    Djokovic and Spaniard Nadal - who have 31 Grand Slams titles between them - meet on Sunday.

    Djokovic, a 14-time major winner, is aiming for a seventh Australian Open crown, which would move him clear of Roy Emerson and Roger Federer in terms of all-time victories in Melbourne.

    Nadal, who would trail Federer by two if he wins his 18th major, could become the first man to claim a second career Grand Slam in the Open era.

  3. 'I'd buy a ticket'

    Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2

    Novak Djokovic on facing Rafa Nadal on Sunday: "I would definitely want to buy a ticket for that match. We have slightly different rules this year, with super tie-breaks, so I don't think we'll go six hours almost.

    "That's a once in a lifetime experience. Hopefully the outcome can be the same for me."

    The final between Nadal and Djokovic in Melbourne in 2012 went on for five hours and 53 minutes. Djokovic eventually won 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5.

  4. 'Make sure you win'

    Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2

    Novak Djokovic talking about his family: "My son is not watching me. He's going to pre-school.

    "I talked to him 45 minutes before the match and he was telling me about Spiderman, he was acting as a fish in an aquarium, and he just tells me good luck, and make sure you win.

    "It's a blessing. To be a father, there's no better thing that happened in my life."

  5. 'Self-belief always prevails'

    Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2

    More from Novak Djokovic: "I think that self-belief always prevails. There was always part of me, and still is, that believes I can play this way.

    "I think that's the key. Always relying on your qualities and trusting the process will turn out the way you want."

  6. 'One of the best matches I've ever had on this court'

    Novak Djokovic beats Lucas Pouille 6-0 6-2 6-2

    Novak Djokovic speaking on court: "It's one of the best matches I ever had on this court. Definitely. Everything worked the way I imagined it before the match, and even more so.

    "Tough one for Lucas but he had a great tournament and best of luck for the rest of the season. He definitely has the quality to be a top-10 player."

  7. 'Outstanding'

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 6-2 Lucas Pouille

    Mark Woodforde

    17-time Grand Slam doubles champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Outstanding by Djokovic, who without a doubt was trying to stamp some authority and send a message to the Nadal camp - that he is up for the final on Sunday.

  8. 'Utter, utter domination'

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 6-2 Lucas Pouille

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent at Melbourne Park

    Djokovic has wiped the floor with Pouille. A sensational performance. Every bit as good as Nadal's masterclass last night.

    Utter, utter domination. Not a contest in the loosest sense of the word.

    Novak Djokovic
  9. Game, set and match

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 6-2 Lucas Pouille

    The first match point is saved but a backhand into the net from Pouille then ends this one.

    One hour 23 minutes. Absolutely superb from Novak Djokoivc, who wins it in such great style.

    Djokovic vs Nadal on Sunday. Already one to look forward to.

  10. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 5-2 Lucas Pouille*

    Two match points. One hour 22 minutes is all we have had.

  11. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 5-2 Lucas Pouille*

    A volley from Pouille is long and that means Novak needs two more points to put the Frenchman out of his misery. (15-30)

  12. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 5-2 Lucas Pouille*

    Pouille just can't make a dent on the Djokovic serve. You will not be surprised to hear that he didn't win a point, yet again, off his opponent's serve. Djokovic one game away from a tasty-looking final against Rafael Nadal on Sunday.

    Novak Djokovic
  13. Stats. Ruined.

    *Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 4-2 Lucas Pouille

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent at Melbourne Park

    Novak! Two unforced errors in one game. He's ruined his stats...

  14. Post update

    *Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 4-2 Lucas Pouille

    Djokovic has taken his foot off the pedal and makes two rare, unforced errors in that game, which Pouille takes to love.

    That does mean Pouille has avoided that unwanted record of losing by the widest margin to Djokovic in a Grand Slam semi-final (see 09:41 entry).

  15. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 4-1 Lucas Pouille*

    One hour 15 minutes is all it has taken Djokovic to be two sets and a break up and only two games from the final. Once again a service game to love. Pouille's only highlight is an attempt through the legs that hit the net.

    The normal stuff is not working. The circus tricks are not working. Pouille needs to find some kind of sorcery to win this one.

  16. Djokovic breaks

    *Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 3-1 Lucas Pouille

    Djokovic screams in excitement and that could well be this match practically done and dusted. A forehand into the net from the 28th seed and Djokovic has a break. Pouille in desperate, desperate trouble.

    Novak Djokovic
  17. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 2-1 Lucas Pouille*

    A missed cross-court attempt from Pouille, who now has to try to fend off a break point.

  18. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 2-1 Lucas Pouille*

    A backhand clips the baseline from Djokovic, who gets the point after a Hawk-Eye review. (deuce)

    Novak Djokovic
  19. Post update

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 2-1 Lucas Pouille*

    A backhand down the line after a fine rally gives Pouille a game point for a potential 2-2. (40-30)

  20. Get Involved #bbctennis

    Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 2-1 Lucas Pouille*

    Jim McCabe: As great as it is seeing legends like Nadal and Djokovic contesting finals, this tournament has done next to nothing (Tsistipas aside) to show there's a bright future to the game when these guys have retired.

    Nolefam: The semis are basically Djoker and Rafa throwing down the gauntlet, trying to intimidate each other by thrashing their opponents.

    Christiaan Norde: Domination of the big four is really unbelievable. Both in duration as in quality.