- 06 Mar 2021
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev will climb to No 2 in the ATP rankings later this month, one small step signalling that big change may be afoot in the men’s game.
The leading two positions have been occupied by a combination of the ‘Big Four’ ever since Rafael Nadal climbed above Lleyton Hewitt to take second place on the ladder on July 25, 2005.
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Medvedev missed an early chance this week in Rotterdam
Within days, however, that is about to change, as the younger generation of players gains a first foothold in the top two.
The ATP, which runs the men’s game, said Saturday that 25-year-old Medvedev is certain to nudge up one place from his current position of world number three when the rankings, are published on March 15.
The Russian is currently on 9,735 points, 115 points behind Nadal, and he has a first-round bye at the Open 13 Marseille next week.
Medvedev, who won the ATP World Tour Finals title in November and reached the Australian Open final last month, missed an early chance this week to move ahead of Nadal when he lost in the first round of the Rotterdam Open.