For the first time since 2005, one of the Big 4 does not occupy the number 2 position in the ATP ranking. Behind Novak Djokovic, in fact, Daniil Medvedev hoisted himself, who overtook Rafael Nadal thanks to the triumph in Marseille.
Eliminated early in Doha last week, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka both lost one spot, dropping to sixth and 21st ranks respectively. First time in his career in the top 50 instead for Jil Teichmann, who moved from 54th to 41st position.
Daniil Medvedev rose to a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the ATP rankings on Monday. That means Medvedev is the first player not named Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray to occupy the World No. 2 spot in more than 15 years.
Novak Djokovic has fewer points to gain in the coming months
In that context, Daniil Medvedev is not happy with the treatment meted out to the younger generation by the media and fans alike. Medvedev claimed on Sunday that players other than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic don't get enough credit for their achievements.
"It's disappointing when people bring the new generation down," Medvedev said. "They are like 'There is nobody to watch after Big 3'" Medvedev stressed that no player has ever had the magnetic pull of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, and implied that it was unfair to compare the younger players with the legenday trio.
"But how did they do before? Nobody had the records of the Big 3! We are trying to win tournaments and just give our best," Medvedev added. It has been this scintillating run of form that has propelled Medvedev to become the new World No.
2, and the first non-Big 4 player to hold the position since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. The Russian claimed after his Marseille win that it was more satisfying to achieve the landmark after doing 'something great' "I am really happy," Medvedev said.
"I knew that I would become No. 2, but it is always better when you step up the rankings when you do something great." Djokovic has had stellar clay court seasons in the past. Thus he is the defending champion at Madrid Open and the Italian Open, and runner-up at French Open.
So the Serb doesn’t have a lot of points to gain in the coming months. He can win points mainly at Miami Open, Monte Carlo, and French Open. For Medvedev though, he has only 90 points from Miami Open and further has 10 each from Madrid and the Italian Open.
And he has exited the French Open in the first round for the past four years. Thus Medvedev could reach Djokovic before the French Open or even before winning a Grand Slam.