The third edition of the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan will be held from October 3rd to 10th. After two ATP 250 events with players from the middle of the top 100, the organizers have raised the bar for the 2022 edition. Astana has become an ATP 500 tournament gathering 13 top 25 players and looks like one of the most important events below the Masters 1000 level!
After World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev, another big star has joined the field. 21-time Major winner Novak Djokovic has picked up a wild card and will debut in Astana in a couple of weeks.
Novak is currently in London defending Team Europe’s colors alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Djokovic will play in Tel Aviv before heading to Nur-Sultan and will be hoping for good results after skipping the US Open.
The Serb is 23-5 this season, missing the Australian Open and US Open and salvaging the year after winning the seventh Wimbledon crown. Novak had to sit out the Australian Open after a terrible ten-day saga because of his visa and things weren’t looking good for him at the time.
The Serb suffered early defeats in Dubai and Monte Carlo in the months that followed before losing the final to Andrey Rublev at home in Belgrade. Djokovic continued to build his form, losing an epic fight to Carlos Alcaraz in the Madrid semifinals and playing at a high level in Rome a week later.
The Serb won the title without dropping a set and claimed his 38th Masters 1000 trophy.
Novak Djokovic will compete in the ATP 500 event in Nur-Sultan.
Ready for more at Roland Garros, Novak played as the defending champion in Paris and reached the quarter-finals without dropping a set.
Djokovic faced his biggest rival Rafael Nadal in a battle for the semifinals, losing 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 in four hours and 12 minutes. Nadal saved eight of 12 break chances, converting 43% of the Return points in seven breaks from 17 opportunities to gain the advantage.
Djokovic recovered from his game in the second set and extended a 5-2 lead in the fourth. The Serb wasted two set points on serve at 5-3, dropping the tie break to put the Spaniard through. Novak threw everything at Wimbledon to secure the seventh All England Club title for his 21st Major crown.
Djokovic lost two sets to clean sheets against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals before making one of his memorable comebacks to stay on the title course. The Serb defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets in the title fight to retain the title and move a Wimbledon crown behind Roger Federer.
Novak was unable to play in Montreal, Cincinnati and New York and will have more opportunities to compete for the remainder of the season.