Novak will compete for a bronze medal on Saturday at the Tokyo Olympics as he suffered a 6-1, 3-6, 1-6 semi-final loss to fourth seed Alexander Zverev. The German will face Karen Khachanov in the gold-medal match.
The world no.1 beat Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-2, 6-0 in just 70 minutes, as he continued his quest for a first Olympic tennis gold medal. Novak will next play Alexander Zverev (GER, 4) on Friday.
The world number one breezed past no.16 seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, to reach the last eight at the Tokyo Olympics. He will next play Japan's Kei Nishikori. Novak is also through to the mixed doubles quarter-finals (w/Nina Stojanovic).
Novak eased into the third round of the Tokyo Olympics tennis tournament following a 6-4, 6-3 win over Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff. He will next play against 16th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Wednesday.
Nole recorded his third victory at the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, ousting fifth seed Lucas Pouille 6-1, 6-2 in just 51 minutes.