Tokyo, October 4: Novak Djokovic dominated Lucas Pouille in a one-sided quarter-final at the Japan Open Tennis Championships on Friday.
The world number one crushed Pouille 6-1 6-2 in just 50 minutes in a superb display at the ATP 500 tournament in Tokyo.
Djokovic had won his previous two meetings with the Frenchman in straight sets – including in the Australian Open semi-finals this year – and was in complete control from the outset in windy conditions.
The 16-time grand slam champion won eight of the first nine points, breaking when Pouille netted a volley in the second game.
Pouille could win only two of the first 14 points of the match, losing the opening set in just over 20 minutes.
Djokovic – playing his first tournament since retiring in the US Open fourth round due to a shoulder injury – was flawless and Pouille had no answers as the Serbian rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the second set.
After his third straight-sets win of the week, Djokovic will face either David Goffin or Hyeon Chung in the semi-finals.