Daniil Medvedev’s first reign in the world rankings will be short. It will last only three weeks because the Russian fell this Monday in the third round of Indian Wells and needed to reach the quarters final to continue as number one in the world. Novak Djokovic will regain that position without playing, because his rival will be deducted the 250 points that he won last year around this time as champion in Marseille and next Monday the Serb will overtake him. The culprit of all this, in addition to the Muscovite himself, was Gael Monfils, who embroidered him, in a transcript of game and show, to come back and win 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in 2h06. It will be Alcaraz’s rival in the round of 16.
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The moment 35 and/or @Gael_Monfils takes out Medvedev in Indian Wells!
Next up in R4: Carlos Alcaraz! pic.twitter.com/vsGxa0NIsI
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 14, 2022
Djokovic, who has not been able to play at the BNP Paribas Open due to his refusal to be vaccinated (you cannot enter the United States without the certificate that proves having done so), has 8,465 points and Medvedev will keep 8,410. The case in which in Miami (March 24 to April 3), where the Balkan obviously will not be either, Daniil could claim the throne again, because he defends only 180 points from 2021 and the difference will remain at 55. But he would have to arrive to semifinals.
Monfils gave Medvedev a serious review from the second half of the second set, with a 9-1 run, some low serves, jokes, jokes with his rival and the chair umpire, he even wiped the court with a towel when the Last US Open champion, outraged by what was happening to him, broke his racket. He was booed by the public due to his behavior and, surely, his controversial nationality, and that did not help him either. He left the track apparently calm, the procession was inside.
Indian Wells Masters 1,000 results.