The Serbian star defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win his 17th Grand Slam title. With the remarkable triumph, Novak will return to no.1 on Monday, February 3.
Nole recorded a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-3 victory over Roger Federer in their 50th career H2H match (27-23). The Serbian star will face Dominic Thiem (AUT, 5) in Sunday's final, looking to win his eighth Australian Open crown.
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).
Team Serbia are the first ever ATP Cup champions! Lajovic suffered a 5-7, 1-6 defeat by Agut, then Novak beat Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even the tie. The world no.2 backed up his big singles win, teaming with Viktor Troicki in a deciding doubles match to beat Pablo Carreno Busta/Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Lajovic and Djokovic clinched the team's fifth consecutive victory at the ATP Cup and booked them a place in the inaugural title match. Serbia will face Spain in Sunday's final.