Novak rallied from a set down and saved three match points en-route to a 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-1 win over third seed Gael Monfils. He will face Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE, 2) in Saturday's final.
Novak improved his perfect W/L record in 2020 to 16-0, following a 6-2, 6-2 victory over seventh seed Karen Khachanov (RUS). The world no.1 will next play against no.3 seed Gael Monfils (Friday, 16:00 CET).
The top seed booked his place in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last eight, following a convincing 6-3, 6-1 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber. For a spot in the ATP 500 event semi-finals, Novak will face no.7 seed Karen Khachanov.
After taking a three-week vacation from tennis following the victorious run in Melbourne, Novak is ready to get back on court at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (February 24-29). The Serbian star is making his 11th appearance (36-6 record), aiming for his fifth crown.
The top seed retired at 3-6 in his quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez at the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.
Novak cruised into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a 6-1, 6-2 win over world no.41 Tommy Robredo.