Medvedev Officially Breaks Big 4 Top 2 Ranking Lock
by Staff | March 15th, 2021, 5:17 pm

For the first time since July 24, 2005, the Big 4 of tennis will not hold the Top 2 spots in the ATP rankings.

Daniil Medvedev rose to No. 2 today moving past Rafael Nadal to reach a career-high. The last non-Big 4 to rank among the Top 2 was Lleyton Hewitt on July 24, 2005. Since then, the Top 2 has been own by the quartet of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Nadal.

“I am really happy,” said Medvedev who just won his 10th title with Marseille. “I knew that I would become No. 2.

“It is always better when you step up the rankings when you do something great,” he added. “It is great for the self-esteem that just before becoming No. 2 on Monday, I win a tournament.”

The 25-year-old Medvedev will make his on-court debut as a No. 2 next week at the Miami Masters.

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8 Comments for Medvedev Officially Breaks Big 4 Top 2 Ranking Lock

chrisford1 Says:

After his defeat by Djokovic and a reminder that Djokovic at his best is currently better than anyone except Rafa at his best at Roland Garros – Medvedev is back to playing great tennis, getting another title and moving to #2.
His feat is on his own merits, and noteworthy as portending the end of the Big 3 in a few years.
His play is very good to watch. He’s the heir to Djokovic, some day. His on court intelligence, use of backhand to set up points and command position, is top notch. The end of Djokovic will not be the end of thoughtful, long, and sometimes eclectic interviews. It is Medvedev’s way as well.
I also enjoy Thiem unleashing magnum firepower and Tsitsipas when he is on fire.

David Linebarger Says:

Medvedev deserves it. Incredible it’s been so long since having a new #2. Clearly the #2 player in the world right now, but the upcoming clay season will tell us a lot about Rafa, Djoker, and Medvedev. We’ll see what happens.

Wog Boy Says:

Medvedev is next #1, it’s no question if he will be #1 it’s a question when that’ll happen, for me, rather later than sooner for obvious reason;)
I was tipping Thiem to be next #1 but he is losing left and from the players he shouldn’t fear, like last night?!

Wog Boy Says:

^^^ “….left and right…”

chrisford1 Says:

Before clay, both Medvedev and Djokovic are entered in Miami and can add to points.
Rafa will not get any points.
Miami should be much less restricted than Australia, for Covid. The governor is opening the state back up. Djokovic also owns a posh Miami apartment flat he hasn’t seen in a while. Maybe if his wife is stir crazy she comes as well. She had already had Covid from the Adria Tour misadventure. As happens every other week, Djokovic has a new “significant Record” to shoot for. Today, it was the 1st ATP player to go 6 years as #1. Miami means the chance of toppling Andre Agassi as the King of Miami, as both D+Agassi and Djokovic have 6 titles.
On clay, both Djokovic and Nadal are known quantities, physical injury problem’s both guys still face, aside. Medvedev, on the other hand, was not a noted clay player, going out in the 1st round of all upper tier clay matches, with one exception – beating Djokovic in Monte Carlo in the QFs last year and losing to another Serb in the SFs. But that and all past clay events were before Medvedev had his breakthrough. And he learned to play on clay for years of Daniil’s “tennis tutelage”.
Also hoping Andy Murray can see positivity in how he plays in Miami.

chrisford1 Says:

Thiem suffered some sort of foot problem in his last match. Hope it isn’t serious.

Django Says:

Medvedev will get number one in 2022.

Wog Boy Says:


“Iz tvojih usta u Božje uši.”

Direct translation, not necessarily the most accurate translation is:

“From your mouth to God’s ears.”

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