Novak Djokovic vs Cristian Garin
October 5, 2022 8:00 am EDT
The Line: Novak Djokovic -2000 / Cristian Garin +1000
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Novak Djokovic will meet Cristian Garin in the Round of 32 of the 2022 Astana Open in Kazakhstan. The match will be played on Wednesday October 5th, 2022 at 8:00am EST.
Novak Djokovic is the fourth seed here at the Astana Open and is currently ranked 7th in the world. The former world number one will be playing back to back tournaments for the first time in what has been a turbulent season, and he enters this event in strong form. He won the Tel Aviv Open last week without dropping a set, defeating Marin Cilic in the Final. He will be aiming to end the season on a high as he prepares for an assault on the Australian Open, and is the massive favorite to win his opening round match against a tough opponent in Cristian Garin who he has never lost to.
Cristian Garin is unseeded here at the Astana Open and is ranked 81st in the world. The Chilean number one is a former top 20 player who has had a difficult run of results over the past couple seasons. A Second Round loss at the US Open was his last result in what has been a poor season, and with only four wins coming on this surface, things are looking bleak for him as he prepares to face the legendary Novak Djokovic.
Cristian Garin is a formidable opponent, but with his recent form and on this surface I am not giving him much hope of causing the upset. Novak Djokovic is simply too good, too experienced and in too good form to lose this match. Expect Garin to put up a fight but the Serbian will prove too strong for him, winning in straight sets here at the Astana Open.