Medvedev gets another shot at No.2 ranking after Nadal pullout


FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Men's Singles Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his final match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

(Reuters) - Russia's Daniil Medvedev will have another opportunity to replace Rafa Nadal as world No. 2 next week if he reaches the final of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam.

Medvedev rose to a career high third in the ATP rankings on Monday after finishing runner-up to world number one Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. He would have moved above Nadal had he beaten the Serbian.

On Thursday, Nadal pulled out of the Rotterdam event due to a back injury which forced the 20-times Grand Slam winner to skip Spain's ATP Cup matches earlier this month.

The Spaniard's withdrawal means Medvedev will be top seed at the March 1-7 event, which also features top-10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.

Should he reach the final, Medvedev will become the first player outside Djokovic, Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to be ranked in the top two since Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Peter Rutherford)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Tennis

Nadal rues missed chance after Rublev shock in Monte Carlo
Britain, Ukraine and Italy lead 2-0 in Billie Jean King Cup playoffs
Nadal beaten by Rublev in Monte Carlo quarter-finals
TikTok to stream Britain's Billie Jean King Cup tie v Mexico
ITF extends Tokyo Games qualification window to June 14
Djokovic counts Evans loss among his worst performances in many years
Evans stuns world No.1 Djokovic in Monte Carlo
No fans in stands: Nadal, Djokovic miss the 'energy'
Azarenka skips Stuttgart event to get COVID-19 vaccine
Nadal not concerned about Medvedev's positive COVID-19 test

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers