Next Monday, with the new ATP Tour world rankings update, another page of tennis history will be written that will remain indelible over the years, even if it’s not such a positive fact. Daniil Medvedev becomes the first number one tennis player with less than 7,000 points since the classification reform in 2009.
A record that the Russian can “brag about”, who was very lucky this week: in fact, the Muscovite suffered a heavy defeat on his debut against Australian Nick Kyrgios and was unable to defend his Montreal Masters 1000 title.
Despite dropping 990 points in the standings, he remained just at the top given the current inactivity of Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who follows him in second place with just under 200 points. From now on, however, the 26-year-old will have to work hard on the American cement to defend his lead, starting with the Cincinnati tournament where he has to foot a bill of 360 points.
Then comes the time for the 2022 edition of the US Open, which will have to repeat the feat of a year ago in order not to lose even more points and risk being overtaken by some players. So, on August 15, Medvedev will be in the lead and very close to Zverev, who, however, will be further relegated due to his non-participation in Ohio (he won the last act of the 2021 competition).
The German, possibly for the Flushing Meadows event, must then try to confirm last season’s semifinals to stay in the top 3. Definitely Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are in the spotlight with 5,620 and 5,045 points respectively.
The more experienced Spaniard has a chance to jump up to first place if he triumphs in Cincinnati and Daniil fails to make the quarter-finals of the tournament. However, the opportunity could present itself at the US Open as he has no starting points until the end of the year.
Kyrgios on his chances of being seeded at the Grand Slam
Nick Kyrgios spoke about his apathy for press conferences, adding that he only does them because of politics, otherwise he would be fined. “As for the media, I couldn’t care less.
I’m doing this because I have to be here and I don’t want to be fined, so…” Kyrgios said. “I mean, it’s routine. I don’t enjoy it, to be honest. I’d rather not be here right now,” he added.
Kyrgios reacted very nonchalantly when told about his chances of being seeded at the Grand Slam. “I’m just glad I can’t play like Medvedev or anyone else in the first round. That’s all I really care about,” he said.