Daniiel Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has succeeded Novak Djokovic as world No 1, becoming the first player since 2004 outside the “Big Four” to occupy the spot. Photo: Twitter @AustralianOpen

Daniil Medvedev replaces Novak Djokovic as world No 1 – OFFICIALLY

Daniil Medvedev has succeeded Novak Djokovic as world No 1, becoming the first player since 2004 outside the “Big Four” to occupy the spot.

Daniiel Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has succeeded Novak Djokovic as world No 1, becoming the first player since 2004 outside the “Big Four” to occupy the spot. Photo: Twitter @AustralianOpen

Daniil Medvedev succeeded Novak Djokovic as world No 1 on Monday, becoming the first man since 2004 outside the game’s “Big Four” of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to occupy the top spot.

Daniil Medvedev in just the third Russian to hold the No 1 spot

US Open champion Medvedev is the third Russian man after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin, and 27th player overall, to rise to the top of the ATP rankings.

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The 26-year-old Medvedev, beaten by Nadal in the Acapulco semi-finals last week, was guaranteed to move above Djokovic after the Serb’s quarter-final loss in Dubai. 

Djokovic, who has spent a record 361 weeks as the world number one, was competing in his first tournament of the season following his deportation from Australia in January.

Alexander Zverev stayed in third despite being thrown out of the Acapulco event after smashing his racket on the umpire’s chair several times during a doubles match.

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Nadal rose one place to fourth after claiming his third title of the season and 91st of his career.

The Spaniard is unbeaten since losing to Lloyd Harris in Washington last August.

He ended his 2021 season after that because of a left foot injury.

Top 20 in the latest ATP Tour rankings:

1. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 8 615

2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8 465

3. Alexander Zverev (GER) 7 515

4. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6 515

5. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 6 445

6. Andrey Rublev (RUS) 5 000

7. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 4 928

8. Casper Ruud (NOR) 3 915

9. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 3 883

10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 3 496

11. Jannik Sinner (ITA) 3 495

12. Cameron Norrie (GBR) 3 325

13. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 3 020

14. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2 865

15. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 2 480

16. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) 2 220

17. Reilly Opelka (USA) 2 156

18. Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 2 121

19. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 2 061

20. Taylor Fritz (USA) 2 010

Also:

32. Lloyd Harris (RSA) 1 393

90. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 719

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By Garrin Lambley © Agence France-Presse