Novak's 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 semifinal victory over American Tommy Paul on Friday was his 27th win in a row in Melbourne. In Sunday's final (09:00 CET), Djokovic will face third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for a 13th time in their careers for the Championship trophy and the World no.1 spot!
Novak kept up his pursuit for a 10th Australian Open title after coming through a tricky second round match against French qualifier Enzo Couacaud. The fourth seed recorded a 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-0 victory in three hours and 4 minutes.
Novak began his bid for a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 triumph over the world no.75 Carballes Baena on Rod Laver Arena.
The first Grand Slam event in 2023 takes place from January 16 to January 29. Novak has won nine of his 21 Grand Slam titles in Melbourne (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020 and 2021). He missed the 2022 edition due to the COVID-19-related Australian border restrictions.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion began the new season with a triumph in Adelaide. Nole beat American Sebastian Korda 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to capture his 92nd career trophy.
Novak outplayed Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes to advance into the last four at the Adelaide International 1. Next up for Nole is Russian Daniil Medvedev (Saturday at 11:00 CET)
Novak advanced to the last eight of the Adelaide International 1 by defeating Frenchman Quentin Halys 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre on Thursday. He goes on to face no.7 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada (7-0 H2H record).