Novak Djokovic will lose first place next week

Written by Chris Udo | TheFanChild | Wednesday 8 June 2022

Djokovic’s 373rd week at the top of the ATP rankings will be his last – at least for a while.

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A quick look at the live ATP rankings – maybe a couple of quick looks because it’s hard to believe – shows it Daniel Medvedev He will begin his fourth week at the top of the ATP rankings next week. This is because Novak DjokovicRoland-Garros points down next week, which means Medvedev will overtake the Serbian in the standings, as well as Germany. Alexander Zverev.

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Meanwhile, Djokovic is enjoying his 373rd week at the top of the ATP rankings – four shy of the all-time record for weeks at No. 1, which is held by Steffi Graf (377).

The gap will be huge, as Djokovic will be at least 1,030 points behind Medvedev, and possibly more. He will also soon lose Wimbledon points, with no chance of regaining any at this year’s tournaments, as the ATP made the decision not to hand over ranking points this year in protest of the All England Club’s decision to ban Russia and Belarus. players.

It’s a decision that Djokovic upheld, although he bears the brunt of it in terms of ratings.

It has been a difficult year for Djokovic. It started with his suspension from Australia, where he was unable to defend 2,000 points in his best championship. He was unable to play in Indian Wells and Miami due to his decision not to be vaccinated.

He struggled to find shape on clay after playing only one event – in Dubai in February – before April.

“On a personal level, of course, without having a chance to play and defend, you know, I will drop my 4,000 points this year, Australia and Wimbledon. So of course on a personal and individual level, I was affected very negatively by this. But I spoke with the management and the president of the players union. ATP and some council members actually in the last few days,” he said a few weeks ago in Paris.

“I think collectively I’m glad the players got together with the ATP, the governing body for men’s tennis, and they showed the major tournaments, you know, that when something goes wrong, and it’s there on the Wimbledon side, we have to show that there are going to be some consequences.”

On Monday, June 13, Djokovic will exit the ATP Top 2 for the first time since October 8, 2018.

And for the first time since November 16, 2003, the Big Three – Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – will not be represented in the ATP Top 2.

Judging by the Roland-Garros points drop, Casper Ruud will likely rise to fifth next week unless Stefanos Tsitsipas can put up a solid performance in Stuttgart this week.

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