Djokovic will face first-time grand slam semifinalist Lucas Pouille, having spent solely 52 minutes on Rod Laver Enviornment earlier than Nishikori give up as a consequence of a difficulty together with his proper quad Wednesday.
Nadal comes up in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas within the different semifinal, with the expectation that the highest two gamers within the rankings will compete for the title at Melbourne Park on Sunday.
World No. 1 Djokovic, aiming to turn into the primary man to win the event seven instances, was in no temper to debate the opportunity of a mouth-watering showdown with Nadal after staying on the right track to make historical past.
The highest seed replied when requested if he was ready to face the Spaniard: “Proper now it is my press convention, so will probably be good to speak about me greater than Nadal.
“If you wish to discuss our potential encounter, we discuss that if we each win semis.”
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Djokovic expressed his sympathy for Nishikori, who got here by three five-set contests to achieve the final eight.
“I am actually sorry to see him undergo ache. He is had some robust accidents within the final couple of years. I am certain he is not feeling nice about ending the grand slam this manner,” Djokovic mentioned. “However he is had some marathon matches this event that most likely have taken the toll on his physique.”