Friday, February 25, 2022 – 4:06 pm
DUBAI, 25th February / WAM / After 361 weeks of Serbian star Novak Djokovic, ranked number one in the world, reigning on the throne of men’s tennis, the time has come to recede and pave the way for Russian Daniil Medvedev, ranked second in the world, to grab the top spot in the world rankings, in a historic development in the world of tennis.
Djokovic suffered a surprise loss in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, in front of Czech Jeri Veseli, ranked 163 in the world, qualifier, who won two sets without a response 6-4, 7-6, to deprive the Serbian star of his career in crowning a sixth title in Dubai. Medvedev, who continues his successful career in the Acapulco Championships in Mexico after qualifying for the semi-finals, causes him to slip from the top spot, expected to be released on Monday, in favor of Medvedev.
The Serbian player, Novak Djokovic, 34, has the longest period of a tennis player in the history of the game at the forefront of the Professional League after nearly 7 and a half years, surpassing all the legends of the game, so that the 26-year-old Medvedev has the opportunity to be the first player other than Djokovic or Roger. Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray have been world number one since February 1, 2004.
Djokovic is currently at the top of the world rankings with a total of 8,875 points, only 440 points behind Medvedev in second place with 8435 points, who secured first place in the next classification, according to the method of calculating and distributing points in cases of wins and losses.
And perhaps this awaited arrangement is what prompted Djokovic to confirm after his loss from the Czech Jerry that he was not in his day, and said after his loss: “I congratulate Jerry, he played better and his serve was strong, which put a lot of pressure on me, and I still need more time.” And the matches to restore my best levels after a long period of games last December, in order to reach my fitness to a good condition that helps me compete to regain the top.”
He added: “I don’t see age as a limiting factor in my career. I still feel good with my physical reaction and the way I hold the racket, the way I’m recovering, obviously something that encourages me to keep going.”
On the other hand, Czech Vesely expressed his happiness at the victory over Djokovic, but stressed that it was time for a new face to take over the throne of tennis. He said, “It is great that a new face is on the throne of men’s tennis. Novak is a real champion.. He was the first seed for 361 years. A week, but tennis needs a new face at the top of the rankings and there is a new generation coming, which is great for the sport.”
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