Novak rallied from a set down and saved three match points en-route to a 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1 win over third seed Gael Monfils. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE, 2) in Saturday's final.
Novak improved his perfect W/L record in 2020 to 16-0, following a 6-2, 6-2 victory over seventh seed Karen Khachanov (RUS). The world no.1 will next play against no.3 seed Gael Monfils (Friday, 16:00 CET).
The top seed booked his place in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last eight, following a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber. For a spot in the ATP 500 event semi-finals, Novak will face no.7 seed Karen Khachanov.
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 top seed retired at 3-6 in his quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez at the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.
Three weeks after winning his sixth Australian Open title, Novak returns to Dubai…
Novak's team, the UAE Royals, finished second in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League with 37 points from 12 matches.
The world no.1 made his debut with UAE Royals in a four-team International Premier Tennis League on Sunday.