Top seed and three-time former champion has been disqualified from his US Open fourth-round match against Pablo Carreno Busta, after accidentally hitting a ball at a linesperson.
Novak beat German no.28 seed Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in Arthur Ashe Stadium in one hour and 42 minutes on Friday night to reach the US Open fourth round. He will next play 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, against whom he holds a 3-0 H2H career mark.
Top seed and 2018 champion advanced to the final with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 comeback victory against Roberto Bautista Agut. Should he take the title, Djokovic will equal Rafael Nadal's record of 35 ATP Masters 1000 trophies and he will also become the first player ever to win the Golden Masters twice.
The US Open Championship is the second major tournament of the 2020 season, as the Roland Garros was postponed and Wimbledon Championships cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be Novak’s 15th appearance in New York, where he lifted the trophy in 2011, 2015 and 2018.
The world no.1 has made it through to the last four of the Western & Southern Open for the eighth time, sailing past big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour. He goes on to face Roberto Bautista Agut for a place in the Masters 1000 event final.
Djokovic improved to a perfect 20-0 record in 2020, following a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tennys Sandgren, for a place in the quarter-finals. He next faces German Jan-Lennard Struff (ATP #34).
World no.1 made a winning start to his Western & Southern Open title campaign on Monday when he overcame a spirited performance from qualifier Ricardas Berankis 7-6, 6-4 for a place in the third round. Novak next plays ATP #55, American Tennys Sandgren (H2H 2-0).
The 2020 Western & Southern Open is the first tournament to be played since the ATP Tour was suspended in early March. It will take place at Flushing Meadows (August 22-28) without fans in attendance. Novak is a top seed. He will open campaign in R2 against Ricardas Berankis (LTU, ATP #72, Q).