Novak Djokovic is came back to the top of the ATP Ranking without playing an official match since the last week of February, the only one in which he was on the court to play a competitive tournament. The Serbian champion took advantage of the early elimination of Daniil Medvedev at Indian Wells to jump back to the top of the ATP ranking, despite having spent practically all the beginning of the 2022 season away from the courts due to his decision to do not undergo the Covid vaccine.
The Belgrade native has thus improved all his records: it stands out in the eyes of all the data that reveals how he is the only tennis player to have spent over 100 weeks (138 in his case) at number one after having turned 30 year-old (from 1973 onwards, with the new method introduced to establish the world ranking).
The Russian fulfilled his dream for just 18 days, thus setting a fairly negative record on the kingdom at the top: the Swede Bjorn Borg, the Austrian Thomas Muster and the Australian Patrick Rafter had done worse than him for just one week, as well as the Spanish Carlos Moyá and the Russian Marat Safin for two.
"You ask me if it is better to be number one in the world for a week in your life or not at all? What a question. I think it is always better to have been there at least once," said the Moscow native in one of his latest press conferences.
The situation in Miami
In the current phase of men's tennis, every update by the ATP is full of news in the ranking, with a top 10 always evolving. The Miami Master 1000 will represent a new opportunity for Medvedev to regain the lead in the rankings.
The Russian will have to defend the 180 points he won in 2021, pushing himself up to the quarters in the main draw, and therefore is forced to reach at least the semifinal of the competition to achieve the new overtaking on Nole.
Daniil could have a difficult debut with the British Andy Murray, while in the second round he would potentially cross one between the Spaniard Bautista Agut and the young Brooksby. In the quarters the threat is represented by the reigning champion Hubert Hurkacz.