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.
With a 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 victory over German Jan-Lennard Struff in the first round of the 2020 Australian Open, Novak become the sixth player in the Open Era to reach 900 tour-level wins.
The 2020 Australian Open official draw took place at Margaret Court Arena on Thursday. Novak, a record seven-time AO champion, is no.2 seed and will open title defence campaign on Monday when he meets world no.37 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany (H2H 2-0).
Novak's US Open title defence came to a halt on Sunday when the Serb retired from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss led, 6-4, 7-5, 2-1, when the top seed stopped due to a left shoulder injury. They were facing off for the first time since the 2016 US Open final.
Novak defeated the big hitting Argentine 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-1 to progress in two hours and 15 minutes under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof. Next up for the top seed is Denis Kudla (USA, ATP #111).
Novak started his title defence in a strong fashion by beating Roberto Caraballes Baena in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1, 6-4. He next faces Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG, ATP #56).