The man who broke Novak Djokovic’s long reign as number one says he feels no pressure
Russian number one Daniil Medvedev says he feels no pressure after overtaking Novak Djokovic as the best men’s tennis player in the world by overtaking Jenson Brooksby at the 2022 Miami Open.
Defending US Open champion Medvedev took first place for the first time on February 28 after reaching the Mexican Open final, while Djokovic lost points because he missed his defense of the Australian Open following his expulsion from the country due to his Covid vaccination status.
The Moscow-born Medvedev’s reign lasted just two weeks due to his second-round loss to Gael Monfils in Indian Wells, California earlier this month.
The Australian Open runner-up will leapfrog Djokovic if he beats defending Miami champion Hubert Hurkacz, the Polish world number ten, on Thursday.
“Right now, I don’t feel any pressure” Medvedev said after beating American Brooksby 7-5 6-1.
“Being in the semi-finals – I knew before the tournament that I had to be there if I wanted to be number one.
“It’s great to have this chance. There’s only one game left. Of course, maybe during the game the pressure can start to build, depending on how the game goes.
YES. HE. DID.Daniil showed his best level since the US Open and a positive attitude throughout the match (losing only one game 3-5 in the 1st set) An encouraging victory to reach the No1 spot! pic.twitter.com/c7d0KAtinX
— Did Daniil Medvedev celebrate? (@DidMedCelebrate) March 29, 2022
“But right now it’s just a lot of extra motivation to try and take that one step further.”
Djokovic’s ranking points have suffered from the Serbian’s enforced lack of action this year.
The 19-time Grand Slam winner’s controversial decision not to get a coronavirus shot means he is restricted to playing in tournaments where players are not required to be bitten.
His highly anticipated return to the Dubai Open produced two wins before a shock straight-set loss to world number 123 Jiri Vesely.
Medvedev fulfilled his life’s ambition by becoming world number one, with Djokovic calling the 26-year-old “very deserving”.
Djokovic has since parted ways with his coach, Marian Vajda, for the second time, and there is uncertainty as to what events he will be allowed to play without getting a shot.
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are the only men to have been number one apart from Djokovic and Medvedev since February 2004.
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