If Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open semi-final win over Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas was one-sided, Novak Djokovic showed he could be even more brutal in his victory against Lucas Pouille on Friday. Nadal had taken an hour and 46 minutes to wrap up victory on Thursday, while giving away just six games to the 20-year-old Tsitsipas.Rafael Nadal’s dominance over an opponent who had turned heads at Melbourne Park with his daredevil approach was remarkable and meant Djokovic had a point to prove when he took to the court against Pouille.Six-time champion Djokovic did not disappoint. He took 23 minutes and two games fewer than Nadal to storm into his seventh Australian Open final with a 6-0 6-2 6-2 demolition job.Asked if he went into his semi-final with the intention of conceding fewer games than Nadal, Djokovic replied with a broad grin: “Yes. It was hard to do that, but somehow managed.”He (Nadal) has played impressively well throughout the entire tournament. He hasn’t dropped a set. He looked as good as ever on the hardcourt throughout these few weeks. I haven’t played bad myself the last couple matches.”There’s no place on the court he can’t [email protected] finds the line on a brilliant forehand for the @cpaaustralia Shot of the Day.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/qYtvlWcM9Q#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019Spaniard David Ferrer won only five games against Djokovic in the 2013 semi-finals, but Friday’s match was even more lop-sided. The Serb committed five unforced errors, 22 fewer than Pouille, while also hitting six winners more.advertisementDjokovic said he played perfectly from the first to the last point and felt “divine” on court.”You just happen to be in that zone that we all strive for,” he said. “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.””Today was a perfect match for me from the first to the last point. I executed everything that I intended to and even more than I have expected.”@DjokerNole #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/E9QQMu8pgI#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019Sometimes you just have to say too good… Stunning match from you @DjokerNole , that’s why you’re the World Number 1. I had an incredible time here at the @AustralianOpen and the season is just starting so #Allez ( @antoinecouvercelle ) pic.twitter.com/p0HkeFaXzjLucas Pouille (@la_pouille) January 25, 2019’BIGGEST RIVAL’The last time Djokovic faced Nadal, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles, at the Rod Laver Arena, the Serb won a five-hour-53-minute epic at the 2012 tournament, the longest Grand Slam final on [email protected] on @RafaelNadal: “Nadal has historically throughout my life and career been the greatest rival that I ever played against on all the surfaces.”at the ready.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/EUQ0HvSmtA#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019Djokovic said battles against Nadal over the years have made the Serb the player he is today.It’s all setup for another #AusOpen classic.Immerse yourself in what is to come by reliving the 2012 final between @DjokerNole and @RafaelNadal here: https://t.co/Bf3wGb8ghO pic.twitter.com/p3oiTODxpE#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 25, 2019″He’s my biggest rival in my career. I’ve played so many matches against him, epic matches on this court,” said Djokovic, the winner of 14 major titles.”Of course, the one that stands out was the final… in 2012. Hopefully we don’t go that long this time. But I’m sure we’re going to have a good final.”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.”Also Read | Novak Djokovic’s 4-year-old son had a simple message for him: Make sure you winAlso Watch:
The StandUp4SEALs Beach Challenge will mark its third year in Ocean City on May 23 with a new name and a broader beneficiary base.A standup paddleboard race is open to individuals or relay teams.The event is now known as the Memorial Beach Challenge and will benefit not just the families of Navy SEALS killed in service but the families of fallen heroes in all branches of the military, according to an event c0-founder, Mike Vaules.Registration is open for the Challenge’s three events: a stand-up paddleboard race, a beach obstacle course race and a fun run for kids.Register and get more information at memorialbeachchallenge.com.In its first two years, the event became a popular part of Ocean City’s Memorial Day Weekend calendar with more than 600 competing in the combined events in each year.Kids climb makeshift sand mounds as part of the fun run in the Memorial Beach Challenge.The Challenge provides a spectacle for visitors watching obstacle-course competitors run through a water-filled pit sprayed by a fire hose, crawl under the Ocean City Music Pier, carry sand-filled sacks, perform calisthenics, traverse balance beams, and climb walls.The stand-up paddleboard race includes a box course that starts and finishes on the beach and takes racers through the surf.This year’s event is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 23, on the beaches surrounding the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. The bulk of the course will be between Fifth and 14th streets.The Memorial Beach Challenge benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation, the 31 Heroes Project (named for the SEALS killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011) and the Travis Manion Foundation. Manion was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a Marine from Doylestown, Pa., who was killed in action in Iraq on April 29, 2007. One of the obstacles in the annual Beach Challenge is a water-filled pit.