Novak Djokovic is no longer the No. 1 in the world when the new rankings are announced on Monday. This has already threatened to be the case after missing the Australian Open and is now all but certain after defeating Djokovic in Dubai.
Djokovic made his debut this year at the ATP Championships in Dubai. His victories against Musiti and Khachanov seem to indicate that the Serb is not carrying all the hype with him about his vaccination status. The quarter-final matches created a different picture.
Jerry Vesselo was not allowed to cause Djokovic too much trouble on paper. The reality was different. Djokovic’s serve was particularly poor: he had to drop his serve three times in two sets. Not his habit. After Vesselo had to immediately give up his lead, the Czech advanced towards winning the set.
Right in the back but without re
In the second set 5-4, Veselý sent out for the win, but Djokovic managed to break the ball in time. Back start? No, because in the tiebreak Vesselo had the coolness to finish it: 6-4 7-6 (7/4) and Djokovic out in Dubai. It also means that Daniil Medvedev is the new No. 1 in the world on Monday.
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