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.
Novak Djokovic and Dusan Lajovic both powered their way to singles wins for Team Serbia against South Africa on Saturday at the inaugural ATP Cup in Brisbane.
The field is set for the inaugural ATP Cup, to be held from 3-12 January, 2020, in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Top seed Serbia, led by Novak Djokovic, will play at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane in Group A with France, South Africa and Chile.