Novak Djokovic, how long was he world No. 1, Danill Medvedev, new rankings, Dubai Tennis Championships, ATP Tour

Novak Djokovic lost his quarter-final in Dubai and his world number one ranking in one go on Thursday after suffering a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) defeat at the hands of Czech world number 123 Jiri Vesely.

Competing in his first tournament of the season, and the first since being expelled from Australia, Djokovic needed to at least reach the semi-finals at the Emirates to try to prevent Daniil Medvedev from replacing him at the top of the table.

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But Vesely had other ideas as the left-handed qualifier improved his career record against Djokovic to 2-0 – a result that will see Medvedev become the first man since 2004 outside the ‘Big Four’ – Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – to take first place in the standings on Monday.

Djokovic, who has spent a record 361 weeks as world No.


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Djokovic’s 361-week reign atop the ATP rankings is over. (Photo by Karim SAHIB / AFP)Source: AFP

US Open champion Medvedev, currently involved in the Acapulco tournament, becomes the third Russian man after Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin to reach the top spot in the world.

Vesely, a former junior number one, has won five games in Dubai so far this week, qualifying to reach his first tour-level semi-final since Pune in 2020.

“It’s an incredible feeling. I never thought I would really have a chance against Novak, he is one of the greatest of all time, if not the best,” he said.

“After the last 12 months I’ve been through…it’s amazing, I have so many emotions inside, it’s hard to describe, it’s just an amazing feeling,” added Vesely, who will then face Denis Shapovalov or Ricardas Berankis.

Daniil Medvedev is now the top dog on the ATP Tour. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The 28-year-old emerged victorious in his only previous encounter with Djokovic, beating the Serbian on the clay courts of Monte Carlo in 2016.

Vesely started the game by breaking Djokovic en route to a 2-0 lead.

He lost his advantage when the top seed fought back, but some smart drop shots and some tricky serves from the left allowed the imposing Czech to build a fresh lead and he served the first set in the 47th minute.

A backhand down the line earned Vesely a break in game seven of the second set, but he faltered while serving for the win as Djokovic leveled it for 5-5.

Vesely took a 3-0 lead in the tie-break and quickly secured a huge upset win over five-time champions Dubai.

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