Daniil Medvedev finally breaks big 4 dominance to become World No.1

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Daniil Medvedev will be the first player outside the “Big 4” to be World No.1 since 2004 following his strong start to the season. It was only going to be a matter of time given his strong performances over the past few years but he has finally broken through to take over the spot Novak Djokovic had held since Feb 2020 and for 361 weeks so far overall.

The loss of 2000 points for Djokovic in Melbourne was always going to hit hard but he avoided losing the top spot in Australia after Rafael Nadal’s stunning comeback in the final of the Australian Open.

The pair were both competing in ATP 500 events last week with Medvedev in Acapulco and Djokovic in Dubai. If Djokovic failed to better Medvedev’s result, he would not be able to hold on to his No. 1 ranking. Facing one of the few players he had faced but never beaten, Djokovic was a straight sets loser to Jiri Vesely to finally end his historic time at the top. Medvedev was a semi final loser in Acapulco but for the time being, it will not impact his standing.

“Of course I am happy to reach No. 1. It was my goal since I was young and especially my goal in the latest times,” Medvedev said. “I got a lot of messages from many people and from other tennis players and I just want to thank everybody for the big support.”

Djokovic is unlikely to be away from the No.1 spot for long with no points to defend in the two upcoming Masters 1000 events. Meanwhile, Medvedev will be defending a fourth round at Indian Wells and a quarter final in Miami.

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