Daniil Medvedev Is The ATP No. 1
by Staff | February 27th, 2022, 11:54 pm

It’s official, for the first time in 18 years the Big 4 will not be on top of the ATP rankings.

Daniil Medvedev today becomes the 27th player to reach No. 1 after the 26-year-old (8,615 points) passes Serbian Novak Djokovic (8,465), who has held the top spot in men’s tennis for a record 361 total weeks.

“Of course I am happy to reach No. 1. It was my goal since I was young and especially my goal in the latest times,” Medvedev said. “I got a lot of messages from many people and from other tennis players and I just want to thank everybody for the big support.”

Medvedev is the first player outside the ‘Big Four’ of Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to hold the top spot in 18 years, three weeks and six days, since Andy Roddick on 1 February 2004. The last time there was a new World No. 1 was more than five years ago, when Murray made it there on November 7, 2016.

Medvedev is the third Russian to achieve the feat after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin.

The 6-foot-6 Medvedev is the tallest No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings. The 26-year-old is also the sixth-oldest player to reach World No. 1 for the first time.

Marat Safin (20 November 2000)
Gustavo Kuerten (4 December 2000)
Lleyton Hewitt (19 November 2001)
Juan Carlos Ferrero (8 September 2003)
Andy Roddick (3 November 2003)
Roger Federer (2 February 2004)
Rafael Nadal (18 August 2008)
Novak Djokovic (4 July 2011)
Andy Murray (7 November 2016)
Daniil Medvedev (28 February 2022)

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2 Comments for Daniil Medvedev Is The ATP No. 1

Giles Says:

Congrats Meddy ! Jolly nice to have a change

Zed Says:

Yes congratulations to Daniil. Well earned.

Great year ahead, anything can happen in the rankings.

Only 150 points between 1st and 2nd, Rafa has moved to 4th spot, only 100 points behind Zverev so it looks like he’ll easily move to 3rd.

Hurkacz moves to 10th place by being only 1 point ahead of Sinner who drops to 11th.

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