Absolutely superb performance from Novak who beat no.28 seed Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 in just one hour and 23 minutes to power into his 24th major championship final (14-9 record)
Novak returned to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 15 years with a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3 triumph over 15th seed Daniil Medvedev
Djokovic reached the fourth round in Melbourne for the 12th time in his career, following a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win over Denis Shapovalov. The six-time champion will meet 15th seed Daniil Medvedev (H2H 2-0) for a place in the quarter-finals
Novak booked his spot in the third round with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 win over 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He goes on to play 19-year-old NextGen Canadian Denis Shapovalov on Saturday
Novak started his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Mitchell Krueger of the USA. He will next play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA, WC, H2H 16-6)
The 2019 Australian Open draw took place at Margaret Court Arena on Thursday. Novak, a record six–time AO titlist, is no.1 seed and will open campaign against American qualifier Mitchell Krueger (ATP #231)
"I'm smilling, inside and outside. I just love this sport so much," the 12-time Grand Slam champion said. “I was waiting for this moment for six months to get out on the court and play a match. I got a great opponent today, the No. 5 in the world, so it was a fantastic test for me to see where I am. So glad to be back and so nice to start in a country and a city where I have the greatest memories.”
After pulling out from Abu Dhabi exho and ATP Doha event due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments. After the two events, the decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open (15-28 January, 2018), where Nole has been crowned champion six times.
Top seed and five-time defending champion will open campaign in his 12th Australian Open appearance against world no.51, Hyeon Chung.