Novak Djokovic will no longer be ranked No. 1 in the world when the new rankings are announced on Monday. It was already threatened after missing the Australian Open and is now fully established after Djokovic’s defeat in Dubai.
Djokovic played for the first time at this year’s ATP Tournament in Dubai. His victories against Musetti and Kachanov indicate that Serbian did not carry with him all the confusion about his vaccine status. His quarterback created a different image.
Jiří Veselý Djokovic was not allowed to cause much trouble on paper. The reality was different. Djokovic’s serve was particularly vulnerable: three times in two sets he had to give up his service. Not his habit. Veselý had to give up a lead immediately at first, advancing towards Czech victory.
The back is right but not remote
At 5-4 in the second set, Vesel worked for the win, but Djokovic was able to break through just in time. Is it the beginning of a comeback? No, because at the tiebreak, Vesel was cool to finish it: 6-4 and 7-6 (7/4) and Djokovic was out in Dubai. That means Daniel Medvedev is the new No. 1 spot in the world on Monday.
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