Carlos Alcaraz will begin his search for his sixth title of the season against Holger Rune at the Astana Open in Kazakhstan. The World No. 1, entering his first singles tournament since winning the US Open, could meet former No.3 world Stan Wawrinka in the second round if the Swiss beats Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
In a field full of figures, Daniil Medvedev is the second seed. The World No. 4, who lifted his only title of the year in Los Cabos, will meet Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas in the first round. Felix Auger-Aliassime, whose debut will take place against Roberto Bautista Agut, could meet Medvedev in the quarterfinals.
Auger-Aliassime currently sits in seventh place at the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin and will be looking for a strong showing in Astana to strengthen his chances of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals. Fourth seed Novak Djokovic also appears at the bottom of the draw.
The Serbian will try to continue his great performance in Tel Aviv with another good result in Kazakhstan. Djokovic will debut against Cristian Garin and could face sixth seed Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. Sinner, who is still in competition in Sofia, will play Oscar Otte in his first match.
Third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and fifth seed Andrey Rublev populate the top of the draw. Tsitsipas will face Kazakh wildcard Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round, while Rublev will make his debut against a player from qualifying.
Carlos Alcaraz has faced Rafa twice this season and would like to face him again, this time at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Alcaraz acknowledged that it is most likely that he will reserve himself for a Nadal vs. Federer in the future, but he would like to meet his great compatriot in his city.
The Bernabéu once wore a banner with Rafael Nadal. In 2018, Rafael Nadal appeared on the banner of the white fans for a match against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League.
Badosa talks about Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz and Paula Badosa get along wonderfully.
During an interview with El Larguero, the 3rd player in the WTA rankings was full of praise for her compatriot, winner of the US Open on September 11. She insisted on an aspect of the personality of the youngest world number 1 in history.
“The level he showed in New York was incredible; the way he moved, how he let go of his punches. I think he can be number one in the world for many years, almost without realizing it. What surprises me most about him is his humility,” said the Spaniard.