Novak Djokovic leaves the Top 2, Daniil Medvedev regains first place
Novak Djokovic, 20 times Grand Slam champion, lost the title of world number one. 1 ranked tennis player, as Russian player Daniil Medvedev passed him in the latest ATP men’s singles ranking. It’s the second time in 2022 that Djokovic has lost top spot to Medvedev, with the latter becoming the 27th player to reach the top spot in the rankings, earlier in February and staying there for three weeks. However, Djokovic had reclaimed the position, following Medvedev’s defeat at the BNP Paribas Open, before losing world number one. 1 tag again now.
Meanwhile, it’s the first time in nearly 20 years that none of the big three in men’s tennis, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are out of the top 2 spots in the ATP rankings. As Medvedev recovered the no. 1 place, German tennis star Alexander Zverev rose to a career-best No. 2 in the rankings. On the other hand, the great Spaniard Nadal remained at no. 4 this week, despite winning the first two Grand Slams of the season.
Why did Novak Djokovic lose the no. 1 spot?
The reason Djokovic lost his No. 1 spot and slid to no. 3 is because his points for winning the French Open title in 2021 were stripped from his record on Monday. According to AP, the ATP Rankings are based on a player’s best 18 tournament results over the past 52 weeks, which can become 19, if the player has appeared in the ATP Tour Finals. He was last seen on the pitch at the 2022 French Open, where he reached the quarter-finals before losing to Rafael Nadal 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7- 6 (7).
Nadal, meanwhile, won his 22nd Grand Slam title by winning the French Open title, after claiming a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Casper Ruud in the summit clash. He had earlier secured a victory against Zverev in the semi-finals, after the German picked up an injury. Runner-up at Roland Garros, Ruud also earned a place in the ATP singles rankings and reached a career high of No. 5.
According to the official ATP Tour website, Medvedev currently has 7950 points to his name, while second-placed Zverev has 7075 points to his name. Djokovic is third with 6770 points, while Nadal follows fourth with 6525 points. Casper Ruud ranks fifth with 5,050 points, while Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz, Andrey Rublev, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Matteo Berrettini complete the top 10 respectively.