Noval overcame a formidable challenge from no.5 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, having to come from a set down to reach the Qatar Open semis. He will meet seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday
Novak continued his bid for a third title at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. The top seed rallied from a set down to beat world no.36 Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and advance into the ATP 250 tournament quarters
World no.1 and 14-time GS champion is making his fourth appearance at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, taking place at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex from December 31 to January 5. The top seed will open singles campaign against Damir Dzumhur (ATP #47)
The best Serbian tennis player will not defend his Qatar ExxonMobil Open title. Novak has pulled out of January's Australian Open warm-up event in Doha, as the situation with his elbow has not changed for better since yesterday when he was forced to withdraw from Abu Dhabi exhibition.
Novak maintained his winning start to 2017 season with a hard-fought 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory over Fernando Verdasco on Friday.