Novak Djokovic will recover the top position of the ATP ranking after just three weeks. The premature departure of Daniil Medvedev at Indian Wells will allow the Serbian champion to return to the top of the standings, despite having played only three games in 2022.
Due to his choice not to get vaccinated against Coronavirus, the 34-year-old from Belgrade could not defend the title at the Australian Open. Nole made his season debut in Dubai, but his run was interrupted already in the quarterfinals at the hands of Jiri Vesely.
Strict US regulations prevented ‘Djoker’ from competing in the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000s. Medvedev will have to reach at least the semifinal in Florida to return to the top position, while to see Novak in action again it will be necessary to wait for the ‘1000’ in Monte Carlo.
France has decided to eliminate the Green Pass from March 14, so Djokovic should have no problem playing Roland Garros in May. In a long conversation on the Tennis Channel, Paul Annacone analyzed the fight between Djokovic and Medvedev for number 1 ATP.
Annacone opens up on Djokovic
“Novak Djokovic seems to be around that No. 1 ranking for about the last 30 years in a row,” Annacone said. “[It is going to be] the old see-saw battle between him and Daniil Medvedev.”
The American revealed that he felt sorry for Medvedev for having to play at Indian Wells during such a crucial phase in his career, noting that the conditions in the California desert did not suit players who hit the ball flat.
“You can never take that away from Medvedev, I think he’s going to get back there and get comfortable being there [in the future],” Annacone said. “I think he was not comfortable playing here in Indian Wells, it’s tough conditions here for people that hit the ball really flat.
Lindsay [Davenport] hit the ball really flat and I asked her yesterday and she [said she] loved playing here. I think because of the air, the ball flies further. Clearly, Medvedev was unsettled [because of that] and Gael [Monfils] took care of him,” Annacone said.
The Russian went against the 28th ranked French Gael Monfils in the stadium court in the Californian desert. However, he lost the match with a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. He admitted that the second set was the turning point of the match. Consequently, With this loss, the Russian would also lose his top ranking in the ATP to Novak Djokovic.