Medvedev is 27th No. 1 in the ATP rankings, overtaking Djokovic

Daniil Medvedev officially moved up to No. 1 in the ATP rankings on Monday, overtaking Novak Djokovic to become the 27th man to hold the No. 1 spot since the computerized rankings began in 1973.

Medvedev, a 26-year-old Russian who won the US Open last year and was a runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, has risen from No. 2.

Djokovic slipped one spot after only taking part in one tournament in 2022 as he was not vaccinated against COVID-19. He was kicked out of Australia and not allowed to try to defend his title at Melbourne Park because he is not vaccinated – and said he would not get the shots, even if he needed it to be able to play elsewhere, like the French Open or Wimbledon.

Medvedev is the first player other than Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to reach No. 1 since February 2004, when Andy Roddick was there.

Medvedev is also the first new No. 1 since Murray in November 2016 and the third Russian to top the rankings, after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

“Of course I’m happy to reach number 1,” Medvedev said. “That was my goal since I was young.”

Djokovic’s most recent stint at the top of the charts began on February 3, 2020, and his total of 361 weeks is the most for a man since the tour’s computerized charts began in 1973.

He called Medvedev “very deserving” in a Twitter post last week.

“It’s great for tennis, I think, to have someone new at the top of the world again,” Jiri Vesely said after his victory over Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday, guaranteeing that there would be a change this week. “Tennis of course needs new No.1s. A new generation is coming. I think it’s just awesome.

Medvedev, who is 1.98 meters (6ft 6in), plays an unusual and changeable form of tennis, using his long limbs to help reach potential winners of his opponents’ racquets while displaying a willingness to alter his tactics at the course of a game.

He has appeared in four finals at major tournaments so far, losing to Nadal at the 2019 US Open and 2022 Australian Open – despite the first two sets – and losing to Djokovic at the Open. Australia 2021 before beating Djokovic at the 2021 US Open. ending the Serbian’s bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam by a man in 52 years.

Medvedev’s 13 career titles at tour level include four at Masters 1000 events and the season-ending ATP Finals in 2020.

Alexander Zverev stayed at No. 3 after being kicked out of the Mexican Open for a violent outburst directed at a chair umpire, while Nadal moved up one spot to No. 4 by winning the title there – and beating Medvedev along the way – to improve. 15-0 this season.

There has also been movement in the Top 10 of the WTA rankings, with 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova moving up one spot to career No. 2 behind No. 1 Ash Barty.

Aryna Sabalenka fell to No. 3, followed by new No. 4 Iga Swiatek, the 2020 French Open champion, who moved up four places to match her career best.

Anett Kontaveit went from No. 7 to her personal best of No. 5.

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