Daniil Medvedev has broken the record of Russian men’s tennis stars with the most time in the ATP rankings, with Medvedev reaching a total of 10 weeks as world number one on Monday.
Medvedev, 26, surpassed the previous record of nine weeks for a Russian male star, set by Marat Safin in the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
The only other Russian to top the ATP charts is Yevgeny Kavilnikov, who spent six weeks at No. 1 in 1999.
Medvedev leads the way in the current. ATP Singles Rankings with 7,775 points. This puts him ahead of Germany’s Alexander Zverio who has 6,850 points.
Rafael Nadal is third with 6,165 points, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz round out the top five with 5,045 and 4,895 points respectively.
Recent Wimbledon king Novak Djokovic remains at number seven, with Russia’s Andrei Rublev one place behind.
Medvedev, Rublev and their compatriots did not suffer a ranking blow despite being barred from Wimbledon, and benefited after the ATP stripped the tournament of ranking points in response to bans on Russian and Belarusian players.
The decision has significantly hampered the likes of Djokovic, although the 21-time Grand Slam champion has been heavily critical of the All England Club for its treatment of Russian players and supported the ATP’s retaliation.
Medvedev will have a chance to maintain his position at the top of the rankings when the season returns to his favorite hard court surfaces in America.
The Moscow-born star will have crucial points to defend at the US Open in August, where he is the defending champion.
Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title last season by defeating Djokovic in straight sets in the final at Flushing Meadows.
The Serb is set to miss this year’s tournament because the US does not allow non-citizens to enter the country if they are not vaccinated against Covid-19.
Djokovic, 35, reiterated after winning Wimbledon that he was not ready to suffer the disease just to play in tournaments.
Medvedev is in his second stint at world number one, having topped the ATP charts for the first time in February-March. Djokovic then reclaimed the crown, before Medvedev recaptured it in June.
While Medvedev has overtaken two-time Grand Slam winner Safin as the Russian men’s star with the most number of weeks at the top under his belt, he has previously held the all-time record among Russians. There is still some way to go.
Women’s great Maria Sharapova spent a total of 21 weeks at the top. WTA Rankings During his illustrious career, which included five Grand Slam crowns.
Overall for men, Djokovic holds the lead for most weeks accumulated as the men’s number one, with an astounding 373 weeks in the pole position.
Medvedev’s 10 weeks and counting puts him 19th on the all-time ATP list for total time spent as number one.
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