Official: Daniil Medvedev is new World No.1

The 26-year-old becomes World No.1 after Djokovic slips up in the Dubai Tennis Championship.

It was already decided the day Novak Djokovic lost at the quarters of Dubai Tennis Championship against Vesely, the Serb lost his No. 1 ranking and the Russian rose on top. But today, Daniil Medvedev has officially risen to the top of ATP Men’s singles rankings with 8615 points. Serbian, Novak Djokovic, held the spot with 8465 points for a record of 361 weeks.

The ‘Big Four’ – Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray – strangle held the spot for 18 years, and Medvedev is the first player to break their streak. Andy Roddick held the top spot in 2004, and ever since, it has been dominated by the Big Four.

By reaching World No.1, Medvedev ended one of the most dominant eras in the history of tennis. Medvedev has been in fine form winning 35 of his last 41 matches, in which he also won the US Open and reached the finals of the Australian Open.

The Russian professional’s rise to the top has been a steady and resilient one. He started his journey in November 2016 by reaching the Top 100. Less than a year, he went on to reach the Top 50 in July 2017. In October 2018, he claimed the 20th spot and finally in July 2019, he reached the Top 10. He claimed the 2nd spot in May 2021 and remained there until now.  Now, 11 months after reaching the second position, Medvedev has reached the highest level in the men’s game.

Some of Medvedev’s biggest results en route to World No. 1 include his first Grand Slam title at last year’s US Open, an ATP Masters 1000 trophy last year in Toronto, a run to the championship match at last year’s Nitto ATP Finals and a final’s run in the Australian Open.

It is certain that the younger players, Medvedev, Zverev, Rublev, Tsitsipas, started dominating the game and this is only the beginning for them.

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