Novak Djokovic could lose his throne. The Serbian tennis player has been number one in the world since February 3, 2020, i.e. for 360 weeks, and since then his position has always been solid. Despite this long spell of dominance, Djokovic's top position next week could be in jeopardy.
This is because Daniil Medvedev could overtake his friend and rival before the Indian Wells Masters 1000. Ranking in hand, the score difference between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev is 1240, but there are points to be subtracted from the Australian Open.
The Serbian, in fact, did not participate in the first Grand Slam of the season due to the decision of the Melbourne court not to let the tennis player, unvaccinated and with a medical exemption, enter Australia. Already in the Australian Grand Slam Medvedev could dethrone the king, but the defeat suffered by Rafael Nadal in the final did not allow him to achieve this goal.
Daniil Medvedev could have conquered the first position of the ATP ranking with the ATP 500 in Rotterdam, where he was enrolled and was the first seed. After the defeat at the Australian Open, however, the Russian preferred to rest and get back in shape for the first Masters 1000 of the season.
The overtaking, therefore, of the current number two in the world could take place next week, between the tournaments in Acapulco and Dubai. There are several scenarios for which Daniil Medvedev could become number one in the world.
The first of these is for the Russian to win the Acapulco ATP 500: in this case, any result Djokovic would make in the Dubai tournament would be useless.
Moya reflects on Novak Djokovic
In a recent interview with Onda Cero, Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya spoke highly about how his charge was able to take his first chance to win a 21st Slam.
Pointing out how Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stumbled at the finish line in their own attempts, Moya claimed that Nadal was able to "control his nerves" under pressure and "seize his chance". "What's amazing is how he seized his chance," Moya said.
"Roger had two match points to win the 21st Grand Slam and could not convert them. Novak couldn't resist the pressure and played one of the worst matches in years in the final of the US Open 2021. But Rafa was able to recover from a bad start and control his nerves, while knowing that he was facing a great opportunity in his career."