Daniil Medvedev has no intention of leaving the first position in the ranking, despite the few tournaments played. After the first part of the season on Australian and US hard courts, the Russian tennis player decided to undergo a hernia operation.
With this choice, the world number one precluded most of the season on clay: he only played in the Geneva tournament and the Roland Garros, where he did not go beyond the fourth round. After the red clay practice, defined several times hostile by the same protagonist, the world number one concentrated on grass, playing the preparatory tournaments at Wimbledon: from the Libema Open to the ATP in Halle, where he reached the final in both, but losing the last act, ending up in Mallorca.
Being Russian, however, Medvedev was unable to participate in the third Grand Slam tournament due to the organizers' decision to exclude Russian and Belarusian players, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The response of the ATP at Wimbledon was to not award points for this Grand Slam: thanks to this decision, the winner of the US Open benefited from it and managed to hold the top of the rankings for several weeks, scoring a new goal.
Ten-week goal achieved
There are ten overall weeks in which Daniil Medvedev was the number one in the world. The first weeks date back to February, when the former number one, Novak Djokovic, was unable to compete in the tournaments of the first part of the season due to the Serbian decision not to get vaccinated.
With the poor results of the Russian and the return of the winners of 21 Grand Slam titles, there was the counter-overtaking, which lasted for a short time: the points of Roland Garros were lost, Djokovic dropped and the winner returned to the top.
ATP Finals of 2021. With the ten-week record, Medvedev detaches other players in the ranking of players who have been less at the top of the rankings. In particular, he surpasses his compatriot Marat Safin, who was stopped nine weeks after winning the US Open against the American Pete Sampras.
Medvedev will be one of the protagonist of the US hard-court season, after the Russian ban at Wimbledon.
📊 Tennis players with fewest weeks at No.1 in the ATP Rankings (1973-2022/Men's Singles):
🇷🇺 DANIIL MEDVEDEV | 10
🇷🇺 Marat Safin | 9
🇦🇺 John Newcombe | 8
🇪🇸 Juan C.
Ferrero | 8
🇦🇹 Thomas Muster | 6
🇨🇱 Marcelo Rios | 6
🇬🇧 Yevgeny Kafelnikov | 6
🇪🇸 Carlos Moyà | 2
🇦🇺 Patrick Rafter | 1 — MisterOnly.Tennis (@OnlyRogerCanFly) July 25, 2022