A new era in tennis: Daniil Medvedev becomes world No. 1
Daniil Medvedev has moved to No. 1 in the ATP rankings following Novak Djokovic's loss to Czech qualifier Jiří Veselý in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships.
Wild stat: Medvedev, 26, is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to be ranked No. 1 since February 2004, when "Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris was the No. 1 song.
By the numbers: Federer took the top spot from Andy Roddick on Feb. 2, 2004, and the Big Four has held it ever since — until now. Weeks spent at No. 1:
- Djokovic: 361
- Federer: 310
- Nadal: 209
- Murray: 41
- Medvedev: 1
"I want to promote peace all over the world. We play in so many different countries. I've been in so many countries as a junior and as a pro. It's just not easy to hear all this news. ... I'm all for peace."— Medvedev
What's next: Medvedev plays world No. 4 Nadal in the Mexican Open semifinals tonight (11pm ET, Tennis Channel), one month removed from their thrilling five-set Australian Open final.