Novak saved four match points in the second set and led 4-0 in the third set tie-break, but haven't made it into the Nitto ATP Finals championship match. Dominic Thiem clinched a 7-5, 6-7 (10), 7-6 (5) win in three hours. The Serbian star has enjoyed another exceptional season, capturing four titles, and has finished as world no.1 for the sixth time in the past 10 years.
Novak earned a semi-final spot following a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Alexander Zverev (GER, 6). For a place in the final, the top seed will face third-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem on Saturday at 15:00 CET.
Top seed and five-time former champion failed in attempt to score his second win in as many matches at the 2020 season finale in London, as he was defeated by no.4 seed Daniil Medvedev 3-6, 3-6 in one hour and 21 minutes at The O2 Arena. Novak will look to book his place in the last four when he meets Alexander Zverev (GER, 6) on Friday.
Novak started his Nitto ATP Finals run with a 6-3, 6-2 win over eighth seed Diego Schwartzman. The world no.1 beat the Argentine season finale debutant in 78 minutes to move to 1-0 in Group Tokyo 1970.
Third seed Roger Federer defeated no.2 seed Novak 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last four at the Nitto ATP Finals. The Serb, who has won the season finale title five times, will finish the year as world no.2.
The Austrian rallied to beat Novak 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (5), and made his first Nitto ATP Finals semis. Djokovic will face no.3 seed and six-time titlist Roger Federer (SUI) on Thursday, for a spot in the last four.
The world’s biggest indoor tournament begins on Sunday, November 10, at the O2 Arena in London, and will be played until November 17. The draw ceremony has been made on Tuesday afternoon. Novak is placed in Group Bjorn Borg with Federer, Thiem and Berrettini.
Novak claimed his 16th Major and fifth Championships crown with a thrilling four hours, 57-minute victory on Centre Court, adding to his 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018 triumphs at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. It is Nole's third trophy in 2019 and 75th career title.