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Novak Djokovic: the King is gone, long live the King!

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In the end it happened: since Monday 28 February, no one between Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray occupies the first position of the ATP world ranking. 18 years after Federer became no.1 for thr first time.

The new generation has taken possession of the top of the rankings after many years of domination by the Big Three, the Fab Four with Murray, thanks to the overtaking carried out by Daniil Medvedev on the Serbian tennis player, whose defeat in Dubai with Jiri Vesely was fatal .

A change that was now in the air, given the very reduced race calendar of the Belgrade native due to his firm position not to undergo the anti-Covid vaccination, which however only materialized on Thursday 24 February. Leaving aside for a moment the horrors that are being experienced in these hours in Ukraine, Russia is on the top of the men’s world of tennis: a factor that has been confirmed especially in recent years, with several tennis players close to the top positions that have taken the stage.

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Novak Djokovic: the King is dead, long live the King!
From next week it will return to being the only nation with two players in the top 10 (Andrey Rublev in addition to the 26-year-old native of Moscow), given the exit of Jannik Sinner due to the stop remedied by the Polish friend Hubert Hurkacz, who will instead enter again among the top ten places of honor in the ranking.

Nole’s reign at the top of the ranking lasted 86 weeks, exactly from February 3, 2020. The 34-year-old athlete has thus stopped (at the moment) at 361 weeks the period in which he was at the top of the rankings, an absolute record that is unlikely to be ousted by someone in the future too.

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Medvedev will be the 27th tennis player to fulfill the dream of watching everyone from above: a goal achieved after the final lost at the Australian Open and the strong declarations made that he has lost certainties, certainly a moment not brilliant from a psychological point of view.

He is the third Russian in history to reach number one after Yevgeny Kafel’nikov and Marat Safin. The King is dead, long live the King!