Former British No. 1 Tim Henman expects Daniil Medvedev to "rapidly" return to the No. 1 ranking after falling missing out on chance to reclaim the top spot in Miami. Medvedev, who officially became the world No. 1 for the first time on his career on February 28, lost the top spot when the ATP rankings list got updated after Indian Wells.
Medvedev had a good chance to reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Djokovic but he fell short in his attempt after suffering a surprise loss to Hubert Hurkacz in the Miami quarterfinal. Medvedev needed at least the semifinal in order to reclaim the No.
1 ranking in Miami. “In the context of that conversation, if Medvedev hadn’t already been No.1, then it is a big issue, but the fact he’s already been there – and yes, he’d rather be one than two – means I don’t think it’s such a big issue for Medvedev," said Henman on Amazon Prime, per Eurosport.
“If you look at the ranking points coming up, because he played so poorly on clay last year, I think he will get back to one pretty rapidly, especially if Djokovic is only playing a curtailed schedule”.
Medvedev upset by Hurkacz
Defending Miami champion Hurkacz delivered a good performance as he handed Medvedev a 7-6 (7) 6-3 loss.
Hurkacz blew an early first set break and two set points but kept his focus as he managed to claim the first set via a tie-break. In the second set, Hurkacz broke Medvedev twice to get the job done in straight sets. “It’s very hot and humid out here.
The nature of the match meant it was Medvedev having to work harder on his serve and from the back of the court,” said Henman. “After just over two hours he was certainly feeling the pain out there. “All credit to Hurkacz for playing so well and making Medvedev work, that’s one of the reasons he came out on top”.