Novak’s quest for a fourth Shanghai Rolex Masters crown is over after a surprise 4-6, 4-6 semi-final defeat to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Defending champion remained on course for a fourth Shanghai Rolex Masters crown as he beat Mischa Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Novak reached the last eight defeating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4. He next faces German qualifier Mischa Zverev (ATP #110).
Nole began his title quest at the ATP Masters 1000 event with a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 victory over world no. 50 Fabio Fognini.
Defending champion will open quest for his 31st Masters crown in R2 against Fabio Fognini (ITA #43).
Nole won his fourth Rogers Cup championship and 66th career trophy with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over no.3 seed Kei Nishikori in Toronto final.
Novak beat no.10 seed Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday in the semi-finals and improved to a 50-4 match record on the season.
Novak’s bid for a fourth title at the Rogers Cup continued with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over no.5 seed Tomas Berdych on Friday.
Three-time former champion beat world no.129 Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-4 to advance into the last eight in Toronto.
Nole defeated Gilles Muller 7-5, 7-6 (3) for a place in the third round of the Canada Masters on Wednesday.