Former world No. 6 Chanda Rubin thinks Daniil Medvedev definitely deserved to reach the No. 1 spot even though his reign was short-lived. After Djokovic suffered a shock quarterfinal exit in Dubai, Medvedev became the No. 1 for the first time in his career on February 28.
Medvedev climbed up to No. 2 in the world last March and spent their the next 11 months before overtaking Djokovic at the top spot. This week, Medvedev suffered a shock third round loss to Gael Monfils in the Indian Wells and he is set to lose the No.
1 spot to Djokovic even though the Serb is not competing in the desert. "You think about how well Daniil Medvedev played to get to World No. 1, he's certainly deserved it [though] he couldn't quite hold that spot.
That will always be on his resume," Rubin said on Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "But it's nice to see Novak Djokovic back atop the rankings."
Medvedev motivated to reclaim the top spot from Djokovic
Medvedev has never played well in Indian Wells and that continued this year.
Medvedev is now set to play the Miami Masters and he will be determined to make a good result in the absence of Djokovic. Djokovic, a 20-time Grand Slam champion, was denied entry into the United States due to his vaccine status.
"Now I know I'm going to lose it, so I have Miami to try to get the top spot back. Usually feeling a little bit better in Miami, so we'll try to play good there. You know, I always say, when I play my best tennis, it's really tough to beat me," Medvedev said after the loss to Monfils.
Medvedev, 26, has played in Miami three times so far in his career. Medvedev made the Miami second round in 2018, while he exited the event in the round-of-16 a year later. Last year, Medvedev reached the Miami quarterfinal.