Lucas Pouille gracious in defeat to Novak Djokovic after Australian Open semi-final

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Lucas Pouille has labelled semi-final opponent Novak Djokovic as 'the best in the world' in the wake of a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 drubbing at the hands of the Serb.

The young Frenchman, who is ranked number 30 for men's singles, went to Twitter after the match to say: 'Sometimes you just have to say "too good"... Stunning match from you @DjokerNole, that's why you're the World Number 1'

Lucas Pouille's tweet is a large contrast to what previous Djokovic opponent Daniil Medvedev said about the 31-year-old. 

Prior to Medvedev's match with Djokovic, the Russian said that 'Djokovic isn't the player he used to be' possibly in an attempt to undermine the Serb's prowess. 

The match result sees the six-time winner Down Under through to his seventh Australian Open final, which will prove to be a real firecracker of a match as he takes on former World Number one Rafael Nadal, who beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets on Thursday night.

Going into the final, the Serb may have a slight edge over Nadal on paper, as he has won all of his past six Australian Open finals, whereas Nadal has only ever secured one Grand Slam Down Under, back in 2009.

The last time that Djokovic faced Nadal was in the semi-final of Wimbledon last year, which ended up with the former progressing following a five-set match, which was over five hours long and took place over two days.

Below you can see Pouille's tweet to Djokovic.

Djokovic has the head-to-head advantage over the Spaniard too, winning twice more over a 52-game span, and he is the superior of the two in finals against one another.

This is only the second time that the two face off in Australia, with the last time being the 2012 final, which clocked in at nearly six hours in what has been labelled by many as 'the greatest match of all time'.

The final will take place on Sunday, at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

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