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Djokovic drops from No. 1 in the world after losing in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships

Djokovic will be overtaken as No. 1 in the ATP rankings by Daniil Medvedev.

Novak Djokovic drops to No. 1 after losing to Jiri Vesely in Dubai. Daniil Medvedev is the new world No. 1 after 361 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings.

Novak Djokovic lost 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday, handing up the top spot he had held for the longest time since automated tour rankings began in 1973.

On Monday, Medvedev will jump from No. 2 to No. 1 for the first time in his career, becoming the 27th man to do so. He is also the first player other than the “Big Four” (Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray) to reach the top of the ATP rankings since 2004.

Medvedev, 26, won his first career Grand Slam by defeating Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 at the 2021 U.S. Open. The Russian has also finished runner-up at the Australian Open twice (2021, 2022).

Medvedev is currently in the quarterfinals of the Mexican Open and will face world No. 5 Nadal in the semifinals if both players win.