After taking a three-week vacation from tennis following the victorious run in Melbourne, Novak is ready to get back on court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (February 24-29). The Serbian star is making his 11th appearance (36-6 record), aiming for his fifth crown.
The Serbian star defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win his 17th Grand Slam title. With the remarkable triumph, Novak will return to no.1 on Monday, February 3.
Nole recorded a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer in their 50th career H2H match (27-23). The Serbian star will face Dominic Thiem (AUT, 5) in Sunday's final, looking to win his eighth Australian Open crown.
Defending champion Novak emerged victorious 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (1) in the big-hitting quarter-final showdown against Milos Raonic in Tuesday's night session on Rod Laver Arena. Next up for the world no.2 is no.3 seed Roger Federer. The semi-final is scheduled on Friday.