Lucas Pouille: Novak Djokovic won’t be able to stop Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in actin

Lucas Pouille says he has never seen Novak Djokovic play better than he did at the Australian Open, but still believes it won’t be enough to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

Djokovic roared to his 15th Grand Slam title in Melbourne with a sensational win over Nadal in the final.

He also steamrollered Pouille in the semis, and he barely looked like dropping a point in either match never mind a set.

“Just after the match, there was a disappointment,” admitted Pouille.

“But there was nothing to do. Djokovic was above all the others.

“He just hit 14 unforced errors between the semifinal and final, it’s just unbelievable.
“I had never seen him performing at that level.”

Djokovic has been widely tipped to win all four majors this year, but if he’s going to achieve that he will probably have to go through Nadal in Paris.

“Nadal stays Nadal at the French Open,” Pouille added when asked if Djokovic can beat Nadal at Roland Garros this year.

“He is at home. On clay, he (Djokovic) is just behind Nadal to me.”

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