'When Roger Federer started winning right away we said...', says ATP chairman

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'When Roger Federer started winning right away we said...', says ATP chairman

For the first time since 2005 there is no one between Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray in second place in the ATP ranking. Behind the Serbian, who retouches his record of weeks at the top (312), there is now Daniil Medvedev, who thanks to the success in Marseille undermines Rafa Nadal, still in the pits due to back problems that will prevent him from being at the start.

also of Acapulco and Dubai. The rest of the Top Ten remained unchanged, with Dominic Thiem in fourth place ahead of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer, who returned to Doha after more than a year off, then Alexander Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini.

In a recent interview, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi revealed that he is not too worried about losing the three biggest entities the sport has seen.

Gaudenzi on the emergence of the Big 3

“I am not worried at all for our sport if we do the right thing.

And that doesn’t mean taking anything away from Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. They are probably the best players our sport has ever had and maybe will be for a very, very long time" - Andrea Gaudenzi said.

Gaudenzi drew parallels with how, when Pete Sampras retired, men’s tennis lost an icon but then Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic slowly emerged. Likewise, he expects someone else to step up when The Big 3 retire. “It’s going to be very, very difficult to achieve that type of records, even though I said the same thing when Pete Sampras retired.

I thought there won’t be anyone ever beating Pete’s records. Here we have three guys doing that. So never say never. We have to be realistic, even if you look back you know you build these personalities over the years.

We were concerned after Sampras retired. And it’s not that when Roger started winning right away we said, ‘Oh! This is the guy who’s going to save us’. He grew into that. We will be capable of building new personalities, new champions that will attract the attention of fans”.

April is the month which could decide the World No.1. It hosts a lot of ATP 250 series tournaments with the ATP 500 event in Barcelona. Furthermore, there is the Monte Carlo Masters as well. April is where Djokovic can extend his lead at the top. But in May with Madrid Open, Italian Open, and French Open, Medvedev stands a chance to win thousands of points.