Exiled tennis celebrity Novak Djokovic’s lengthy reign as world primary may come to an finish when he returns to motion at an ATP occasion in Dubai in February – with Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev poised to dethrone him when the Russian performs at a event on the opposite facet of the world.
World quantity two Medvedev and Djokovic, who can have been high of the rankings for greater than 80 weeks when he makes his much-anticipated comeback, are the frontrunners to formally name themselves the perfect male tennis participant on this planet.
Medvedev may have grow to be primary had he not misplaced a five-set epic to Rafael Nadal on the Australian Open on Sunday, when the Spaniard captured the title that Djokovic had held after the pre-tournament high seed was compelled to withdraw as a result of the nation’s authorities canceled his visa over his Covid vaccination standing.
Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner withdrew from Rotterdam. Dubai/Acapulco week to determine the quantity #1 between Novak and Daniil. The Russian nonetheless in higher place.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 3, 2022
Russian Medvedev additionally had the chance to earn factors on the Rotterdam Open which begins subsequent week, solely to withdraw as a result of he wants extra time to get well from his exertions in Melbourne.
World quantity three Alex Zverev, who additionally has Russian heritage, may have overtaken Djokovic however was knocked out within the Australian Open fourth spherical.
Djokovic at the moment has 11,015 factors to Medvedev’s 10,125 and can drop 2,000 factors in the course of February – equivalent to the date in 2021 when he received the Australian Open – in response to Sportskeeda.
Medvedev may have gotten it subsequent week if he performed, now has to attend a couple of extra weeks however he’ll in all probability get it as a result of Novak has enormous factors to defend from final yr .. to not point out attainable visa points in some nations :/
— John Richard Beck (@JBhifidelity73) February 3, 2022
That’s as a result of tennis gamers ‘defend’ factors that they’ve earned within the earlier season, finally deciding their rankings.
Djokovic’s dropped factors will put Medvedev in a powerful place to finish the 34-year-old’s spectacular run on the high when he competes on the Mexican Open alongside the likes of Nadal from February 21-26.
2020 Dubai Open winner Djokovic’s return to the event was a welcome shock to his followers when it was introduced shortly after his controversial departure from Australia.
After Djokovic was held by border officers upon his preliminary arrival in Australia and later detained in a resort, Australian Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke succeeded in his second try and cancel the participant’s visa as a result of he had not obtained a Covid vaccine.
The drama shocked Djokovic, who had proudly revealed that he was coming into Australia on the understanding that he could be allowed in to compete with a medical exemption as a result of he recovered from Covid in December.
All-time nice Djokovic was thrilled when he broke acquainted rival Roger Federer’s document of 310 weeks as world primary in March 2021.
Djokovic’s longest steady run as primary was 122 weeks between July 2014 and November 2016.
At first of February 2022, Djokovic had spent a complete of 358 weeks in that place.
Swiss legend Federer is the one different male participant to have spent greater than 300 weeks on the high of the rankings.
The Dubai Open runs from February 14-26.
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