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Astana Open 2022: Men’s Singles Draw Preview and Prediction

The biggest tournament after the US Open, the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan will begin on October 3 and will feature a very strong playing field.

Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, and Daniil Medvedev

The 2022 Astana Open will feature one of the strongest playing field which includes big names like US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz, 21-time major champion Novak Djokovic and former World No.1 Daniil Medvedev.

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Tournament Details:

  • Tournament: Astana Open 2022
  • Date: October 03–09 2022
  • Number of Entrants: 32 (Singles), 16 (Doubles)
  • Venue: Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Surface: Hard Court
  • Prize Money: $2,054,825
  • Defending champion: Soonwoo Kwon

Top Seeds at the Astana Open 2022

  • Carlos Alcaraz
  • Daniil Medvedev
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas
  • Novak Djokovic
  • Andrey Rublev
  • Jannik Sinner
  • Hubert Hurkacz
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime

Men’s Singles Draw Preview

Top Half

Carlos Alcaraz

US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz will headline the top half of the draw and will take on fellow teenager Holger Rune in a blockbuster first round encounter. He will then take on either Stan Wawrinka or Adrian Mannarino in the second round and is drawn opposite 5th seed Andrey Rublev. The Russian will face a qualifier in the opening round and could face fellow countryman Aslan Karatsev in the Round of 16.

Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will open his campaign against Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round and could then face Marin Cilic in the second round. Cilic will face a qualifier in the opening round. 7th seed Hubert Hurkacz will meet Francisco Cerundolo in the first round and will then face either Alexander Bublik or Tallon Griekspoor in the Round of 16. Tsitsipas and Hurkacz are drawn to meet in the quarterfinals.

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1st Semifinal Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz vs Hubert Hurkacz

Bottom Half

Daniil Medvedev

Former World No.1 Daniil Medvedev headline the bottom half of the draw and will face Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the opening round. He will then take on either Emil Ruusuvuori or Marc-Andrea Huesler in the Round of 16. 8th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime is drawn opposite Medvedev and will open his campaign against Roberto Bautista Agut. Felix will face either a qualifier or Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Round of 16.

21-time grand slam champion Novak Djokovic is seeded 4th and will face Cristian Garin in the first round. Djokovic will go on to face the winner of the match between Botic van de Zandschulp and Beibit Zhukayev in the second round. He is drawn in the same quarter as Jannik Sinner. The Italian will meet Oscar Otte in the opening round and will face either Maxime Cressy or Karen Khachanov in the Round of 16.

2nd Semifinal Prediction: Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev

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Semifinals

Hubert Hurkacz

In the first semifinal, Carlos Alcaraz will be up against Hubert Hurkacz. Alcaraz has been the best player this season and will fancy his chances to continue his unbeaten run. Hurkacz, on the other hand, has an amazing baseline play and could beat anyone on the given day with his aggressive gameplay.

In a repeat of the 2021 US Open final, Novak Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev in the second semifinal. Despite Medvedev’s higher ranking, Djokovic will start the favorite given his form and could carry momentum from his good run in Tel Aviv.

Astana Open final: Carlos Alcaraz vs Novak Djokovic

Final

Novak Djokovic

Two of the best players on the tour currently, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic will meet in the final of the Astana Open. Alcaraz is in hot form while Djokovic himself has regained his lost consistency. Alcaraz shocked Djokovic the last time they met but despite everything, Djokovic’s hunger and experience makes him the favorite. Expect a good match with Djokovic winning his maiden ATP 500 title of the year in Nur-Sultan.

Champion: Novak Djokovic

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