For the first time since 2005 there is no one between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy 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 of Marseille undermines Rafa Nadal, still in the pits due to back problems that will prevent him from being at the start. of Acapulco and Dubai. No change in the Top 10 of the WTA ranking. At the top there is always Ashleigh Barty, who still has a large advantage (1351 points) over Naomi Osaka. In third place remains Simona Halep, a little more detached Sofia Kenin ahead of the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and the Czech Karolina Pliskova, fifth and sixth respectively. Serena Williams is confirmed seventh ahead of Aryna Sabalenka, Bianca Andreescu and Petra Kvitova. Daniil Medvedev won his 10th career title at the Open 13 Provence on Sunday, whlie simultaneously also climbing to a career-high ranking of No. 2. The Russian has accumulated a truckload of points over the last 52 weeks, and is now only 2135 points behind World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. When asked about the possibility of challenging Djokovic for the top spot, Medvedev was grounded in his response – and with good reason. Daniil Medvedev also spoke about Roger Federer’s return from a year-layoff. According to the 25-year-old, Federer is one of the very few players who could have made the task of coming back from a critical injury seem like child’s play.
Medvedev praises Roger Federer
“In the locker room we were saying that when you come back after not competing for more than a year due to injury, you normally are not able to place the ball inside the court and you just lose in straight sets,” Daniil Medvedev said. “But he is Roger Federer!” As per the new COVID-affected ranking system, which takes into account the player’s best 19 tournaments across the last two seasons, Daniil Medvedev will next be dropping points from his third-round appearance at Wimbledon 2019. Apart from that he only has points to gain, so he will likely be breathing down Novak Djokovic’s neck as the current season progresses. It has been this scintillating run of form that has propelled Medvedev to become the new World No. 2, and the first non-Big 4 player to hold the position since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005. The Russian claimed after his Marseille win that it was more satisfying to achieve the landmark after doing ‘something great’. “I am really happy,” Medvedev said. “I knew that I would become No. 2, but it is always better when you step up the rankings when you do something great.”