The Serbian star was absolutely majestic as he masterclassed no.7 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-1, 6-2 in just 58 minutes to reach his fifth semi-final at the Rolex Paris Masters. He will meet 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.
Four-time former champion beat Kyle Edmund 7-6 (7), 6-1 to advance into his eighth quarter-final in Bercy. Novak will next take on no.7 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas (H2H 1-2).
Top-seeded Novak rallied from 3-5 down in the first set to beat French lucky loser Corentin Moutet 7-6, 6-4 on Wednesday, kicking off his quest for a fifth Rolex Paris Masters title.
Fourth seed Dominic Thiem beat 2016 titlist and top seed in semi-final action at Roland Garros. The Austrian completed the third career victory over Novak, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in the match that lasted four hours and 13 minutes, spanning across two days
World no.1 defeated reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, advancing to the last four on the Parisian terre battue for the ninth time. For a place in the French Open final, Novak will meet fourth seed Dominic Thiem (Friday about 15:30 CET)
The 2016 champion booked his place in the fourth round at Roland Garros for a 13th time, following 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Italian Salvatore Caruso (ATP #147). Novak will next face German Jan-Lennard Struff (1-0 H2H)
The Serbian star dismissed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 36 minutes to reach the second round in Paris. Novak will next face Swiss lucky loser Henri Laaksonen (ATP #104)
Novak will regain no.1 ranking on Monday. The Serbian star will next travel to London to compete at the season finale, the Nitto ATP Finals, taking place at The O2 Arena (November 11 – 18)