Novak Djokovic mentioned earlier this week that he was feeling at his “peak”, regardless of all that had lately transpired on the Australian Open. Issues have been wanting good for the 20-time Grand Slam winner in his return to motion within the Dubai Tennis Championships, as Djokovic dealt with Lorenzo Musetti in straight units within the event opener, earlier than downing Karen Khachanov 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) on Wednesday to safe his spot within the quarterfinal spherical.
On Thursday nevertheless, the Serbian was upset by Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and because of this, will lose his spot atop the ATP rankings that he is held onto since Feb. 3, 2020 — a span of 361 weeks. In keeping with the Related Press and ESPN, Djokovic’s rein at No. 1 has been the longest stretch any man has ever hung onto the No. 1 rating for the reason that tour’s computerized rankings started in 1973.
The brand new top-ranked males’s singles participant can be Russian Daniil Medvedev, who will transfer up from the second spot on Monday and develop into the twenty seventh man to succeed in No. 1. Medvedev gained the US Open final September and was the Australian Open runner-up every of the previous two years.
Medvedev may also develop into the primary man aside from Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to be No. 1 since Feb. 1, 2004.
“It is nice for tennis, I believe, to have someone new at world No. 1 once more,” Vesely mentioned in his on-court interview. “Tennis wants, in fact, new No. 1s. A brand new technology is arising. I believe it is simply nice.”
Medvedev is at the moment taking part in on the Mexican Open, profitable within the second spherical on Wednesday.