The weekend of October 8-9 was an exciting time for Kazakh tennis as the third edition of the Astana Open came to a close, QazMonitor reports.
Novak Djokovic Wins Astana Open
Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win his third ATP tour win of the season at Astana Open on Sunday.
It was the ninth consecutive match victory for the Serbian player, who won the title just a week ago in Tel Aviv.
As a result of the win, the Serbian star secures himself a Top 20 spot in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race to Turin after the 2022 Rolex Paris Masters, meaning the reigning Wimbledon champion qualifies for the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals as a current-year Grand Slam winner. It was the 90th career tour-level title for Djokovic and the fourth of 2022.
When the on-court interviewer observed that Djokovic probably never dreamed of 90 ATP Tour titles, Djokovic shook his head.
“I dared to dream, actually,” he corrected. “I always hoped that I would be going to have a great career. Obviously, didn’t know the amount of finals I was going to play, the amount of tournaments I was going to win, but my intention was always to reach the highest heights in our sport.”
In men’s double, Croatian duo Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic defeated French pair Fabrice Martin and Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2.
Timofey Skatov Wins His First Challenger Title
Timofey Skatov, who placed 209th in the world, won his first-ever Challenger title in Parma, Italy after defeating Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik in the men’s singles final.
The match lasted for 3 hours and 10 minutes and concluded with a score of 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4. The win gives him a total of 125 points, which will place Skatov to 152nd in the overall ranking.
Zulfiya Chinshanlo Wins Gold at Asian Weightlifting Championship
Chinshanlo bagged her gold medal in the women’s 55 kg weight category in the on-going Championship in Manama, Bahrain. The athlete lifted a total of 220 kg in clean and jerk and snatch. China’s Yu Linglong and Uzbekistan’s Nigora Abdullayeva placed second and third.