Daniil Medvedev will be replaced at No. 1 on Monday and admits it will give him motivation to go to the Miami Masters and try to reclaim the top spot. Medvedev, who replaced Novak Djokovic at No. 1 on February 28, suffered a shock Indian Wells third-round loss to Gael Monfils.
Although Djokovic does not compete in Indian Wells, he will replace Medvedev in the No. 1 spot on Monday. “Now I know I’m going to lose it, so I’ve got Miami to try to get the top spot back. Normally I feel a little bit better in Miami, so we’ll try to play well there.
I always say that when I play my best tennis, it’s very difficult to beat me,” Medvedev said, according to Mario Boccardi. Medvedev won the first set against Monfils, but the Frenchman came from behind to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The conditions in Indian Wells are clearly not suited to Medvedev’s game, as the Russian has not had much success in the desert so far in his career. Medvedev, who has been a top-tier player for a couple of years now, has played in Indian Wells five times and has only managed to reach the round of 16 once, which is well below the Russian’s expectations.
“First of all, the tournament, I don’t feel amazing in my feelings in Indian Wells and sometimes when you play against a guy who plays well, who can play well, if he steps up a little bit, I couldn’t find him today.”
Bodo reflects on Nole Djokovic
Tennis journalist Peter Bodo looked back on Novak Djokovic’s visa fiasco earlier this year with disapproval on a recent podcast with Patrick McEnroe. While the American admitted that Djokovic was not the only guilty party, he was of the opinion that most of the blame should be placed on the Serb for his arrogance and sense of entitlement.
“The thing that really bothered me early on [about what happened in Australia], certainly from a human point of view, was how he pulled some funny stunts,” Bodo said. “There weren’t many heroes in the Australian saga but I thought that was incredibly arrogant and entitled of him.
It was a real low point in his career. Now, he’s shown he is willing to pay the price of not playing, which is a pretty big price. Novak Djokovic took some really big chances. He is just going to wait it out and he may actually be able to win the battle.
I think it’s his endgame and I don’t have a problem with that,” Bodo said. “If they lift the rules on vaccination, I am not a medicine expert and I presume that they have this under control, then he is not a threat. But the rules have to be applied.”