Nole beat Romanian Victor Hanescu 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the Sunday night session to advance into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters.
This will be Novak’s ninth appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (30-6 record).
Novak’s Dubai campaign was ended in semi-finals when he fell to no.4 seed Roger Federer 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in one hour and 46 minutes.
Top seed and four-time titlist advanced into the semi-finals of the Dubai ATP 500 event on Thursday. He next faces Roger Federer.
Novak cruised into the last eight of the ATP World Tour 500 event with a 6-1, 6-3 win over world no.51 Roberto Bautista Agut.
Top seed and four-time champion opened his title defence with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on Tuesday.
Novak is making his eighth appearance at the ATP 500 event (28-3 record), aiming for his fifth Dubai Duty Free Championships title.
It will be Novak’s eighth appearance at the ATP World Tour 500 event, one of the most popular tournaments on the international tennis circuit.
Nole’s tournament schedule until June 2014.
The four-time Australian Open champion suffered a 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-9 defeat in a thrilling five-set quarterfinal match at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday.
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