Novak Djokovic wants to end the year in which he had to miss two Grand Slam tournaments in a championship. After the victory in Tel Aviv, he is also in excellent form in the 500 series tournament in Astana. In the round of 16, he defeated Botic van de Zandschulp 6:3 and 6:1.
The 35-year-old Serbian wants to end the year by winning the final tournament of the ATP series in Turin, which will be held from November 13 to 20. He is currently ranked 15th in this year’s results, but won Wimbledon. The winners of the Grand Slam tournaments qualify for the final Masters if they are ranked between 8th and 20th in the ATP rankings.
On Wednesday, Djokovic eliminated the Chilean Cristian Garin 6:1 and 6:1. Dutchman van de Zandschulp is ranked 34th in the ATP rankings. He resisted the 21-time Grand Slam winner very well in the first set, losing his serve in the sixth game.
In the second set, van de Zandschulp held serve in the opening game, but then did not win a single game until the end. The final ratio in points won was 57:35. The match lasts 71 minutes.
“I am very satisfied with the service, which worked perfectly at key moments. In the first set, the result was tied at 30/30 several times. When I took a 4:2 lead, I also saved a break chance at 30/40,” said Đoković, who did not serve the opening shot in the last three encounters.
In the quarterfinals, Đoković will face Karen Hačanov, who eliminated Marin Čilić 2:6, 6:3 and 6:3.
Medvedev played only five gamesDaniil Medvedev defeated Emil Ruusuvuori 6:3 and 6:2 after an hour and 15 minutes. His opponent in the quarterfinals will be Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic and Medvedev could meet in the semifinals.
ASTANA, round of 16, table ($1,900,000, hard base)
MANNARINO (FRA) – GOFFIN (WHITE) 3:6, 6:1, 7:5 RUBLE (RUS/5) – ZHANG (KIT) 6:3, 6:2 CICIPAS (GREECE/3) – NARDI (ITA) 7:6 (2), 7:6 (3) HURKACZ (POL/7) – BUBLIK (KAZ) 6:4, 6:4
HACHANOV (RUS) – ČILIĆ (CROATIA/9) 2:6, 6:3, 6:3 ĐOKOVIC (SRB/4) – VAN DE ZANDSCHULP (LINE) 6:3, 6:1 BAUTISTA AGUT (SPA) – KOTOV (RUS) 6:1, 7:6 (5) MEDVEDEV (RUS/2) – RUUSUVUORI (FIN) 6:3, 6:2