Djokovic loses first place in the world after losing Dubai quarterfinals

Novak Djokovic lost his number one ranking in the world after a shocking defeat to Czech Izzy Bessey, who is number 123 in the world, in the quarterfinals in Dubai on Thursday.

Djokovic, who played in his first tournament since being deported from Australia, had to advance to the semi-finals to stay in the top ranks, but lost to Bethery 6-4, 7-6 (7/4). .. Serbs at the last meeting of 2016, Fox sports report.

Djokovic remained at the top of the rankings for 361 weeks before his defeat, replaced by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.

At the beginning of the tournament, the Serbs said that if Medvedev reached number one, he would “bless first.”

It is the first time since 2004 that Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, etc. have not been part of what is known as the “Big Four” in the world.

In the quarter-finals, Bethery defeated the Serbian serve early, leading 2-0, and despite his return from number one in the world, the Czechs regained their first set 6-4.

The second set was tight and each player needed a tiebreaker to hold the serve and determine the winner. Bessely sealed the match on a tiebreaker 7/4 and made a successful exchange.

Djokovic I told reporters After a well-played match for Betherie, he aimed for his shot.

“His serve was big. His whole game was big,” he said.

“Sure, I expected myself to play at a higher level. That means I can do better. But it’s Jiri’s credit.”

The 123rd Seed entered his first tour-level semi-final since 2020. It will play against the world’s number 14 Denis Shapovalov or the 99th seed Ricarda Suberankis.

“It feels great. I never thought I had a real chance for Novak. He’s one of the best, if not the best, ever,” Betherie said.

Meanwhile, the new world number one, Daniil Medvedev, has certainly played a role in the road to the final at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, winning all three games straight to the semi-finals. ..

The Russians said they were lucky for two days in a row because they didn’t have to play at midnight like everyone else did. ATP Tour report.

“It’s pretty harsh and very humid. It’s pretty hot to play at night,” he said.

“The faster the match, the better the feeling of the next match.”

The 16-game round against Medvedev’s Pablo Andujar was particularly fast. He competed 5-0 in the first set and 4-0 in the second set, winning 6-1, 6-2 and closing the match in just over an hour. ..

Other semi-finalists who have not made it to the semi-finals in Acapulco include Stefanos Tsitsipas, the third in the world, Rafael Nadal, the fourth, and Cameron Norrie, the sixth-seeded.

Steve Milne


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