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!
Nole moved within two wins of record-extending 10th title in Melbourne when he defeated fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 after two hours and three minutes of play. In his 44th Grand Slam semifinal on Friday, Djokovic meets world no.35 Tommy Paul who won an all-American quarterfinal against Ben Shelton 7-6 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
The fourth seed produced a masterclass against local hope Alex de Minaur on Monday as he continued his quest for a record-extending 10th title at the Australian Open. Djokovic won 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the last eight at the year's first major for the 13th time.
Nole was struggling with hamstring injury and looked in discomfort throughout his third round clash against Grigor Dimitrov, but he dug deep to overcome the 27th seed 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and seven minutes.
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 will close the year at the inaugural edition of the exhibition event “World Tennis League" in Dubai, from 19 to 24 December. He will play for The Falcons together with Grigor Dimitrov, Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa.