Novak Djokovic did not become number one after being beaten by Jiri Vesely in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships
The Serbian is currently replaced by Daniil Medvedeb at the top of the rankings for the men's category.
Vesely said that he didn't think that he would actually stand a chance against noval, and it was a really great feeling.
Medvedev of Russia will become the first player besides Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to climb to the top of the rankings in 18 years.
Vesely beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in 2016 on clay on Monte Carlo and repeated the feat on Dubai hardcourts.
Djokoavic's double fault on a breakpoint in the opening set gave Vesely the initiative to take charge of the match to serve
In the second set Djokovic fought back and equalized, but in the tie-break Djokovic slipped
For Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev doesn't need advice because of this
MDP Live - Spain's Rafael Nadal achieved a seemingly impossible feat when he won his 21st career Grand Slam title at the 2022 Australian Open.
The former world number 1 won the Australian Open in Melbourne in the first month since he returned to compete for the first time at an ATP tournament in six months.
In an epic match that lasted 5 hours and 30 minutes against world number 2 Daniil Medvedev, the 2009 Australian Open champion finally won and he did something no other male player has ever achieved, namely to win a Grand Slam title for the 21st time.
On the other hand, the Russian national tennis player, Medvedev expressed his frustration with the result of the match, as well as to the audience. At the end of the final, he talks about how things went downhill and mentions how losing to Nadal was one of those moments when a child, who refers to himself, stops dreaming.
Therefore, a journalist asked the Spaniard if he could give Medvedev any advice on the matter.
"I think he is quite intelligent," said Nadal. "He doesn't need any advice from me."
Then the former world number 1 praised the Russian national by praising his personality.
"Daniil is sometimes on the pitch so excited, but when you meet him in person, he's a very nice guy. He is a very intelligent man, a friendly man," Nadal added.
However, the Spaniard also expressed regret about how the match turned around and how it affected the 2021 US Open champions.
"On the one hand, I feel sorry that he feels that way, like this after the match," said the world number five. After all, it certainly doesn't feel good, "losing a match like that with almost everyone in the crowd cheering your opponent."
While the audience at the 2022 Australian Open has clearly supported the Spaniard, he himself has no doubt that the crowd will soon be cheering Medvedev just as hard.
Talking about the future, the world number 5 said he believes the Russian will have "plenty of time to enjoy the amazing audience that supports him." In fact, he mentioned that the audience he meant was not only audiences in Australia, but also all over the world.
“He will experience this wonderful feeling. I have no doubts about it,” said Nadal about Medvedev who will get the support of audiences around the world.
Felix Auger Aliassime leaves Melbourne with his head held high
MDP Live - Canadian tennis player Felix Auger Aliassime was disappointed, but unfazed after suffering a bitter defeat in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
The 21-year-old squandered a two-set lead – including a match point opportunity in the fourth set – against world number 2 Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Australian Open. Nonetheless, he showed admirable maturity in overcoming the disappointment of the loss. .
"I can come back and I hope I will take a different choice or I hope Daniil doesn't play that well in certain moments. However, it's still a pretty good effort,” admits Auger Aliassime.
"In the end, I can't feel sorry for the effort I put in and the opportunities I gave myself. I want to look at it in a positive light.”
"Of course I want to win. I like winning. It's pretty frustrating when you lose, but that's life. I just have to accept it.”
The defeat will be quite painful because for the second time in a row, the Canadian national lost after winning by two sets at the Australian Open. But there are many positive things he can take from the match. The world number 9 tennis player was able to corner the world number 2 player, Medvedev to the brink of defeat.
“I always believed that I could produce the performance I did in that match. I showed it, but of course it's the difference between knowing you have that belief in yourself and showing it in real games, playing it and being so close to winning."
"But of course it's a positive thing, I mean, it's quite positive for me. It's a world-class competition, so at the end of the day, I think that's a reassuring message I can send to my fellow players I'm facing in the competition."
"I'm ready to test myself against the best players and I've proven that time and time again."
The Canadian added that he would happily put himself in that position again with the belief that in the future he will finally be able to 'cross that line'. But for now, he plans to reflect on the positive start of the season and use that momentum over the next few weeks or months.
"I wish I could go back and change it, but I can't. So, I have to accept it. That's what happened. I see it from the positive side," said Auger Aliassime.
"It's a shame I couldn't win, but it was an impressive match. I point out some positives. I'm going to leave Australia with my head held high and I'm going to go through the rest of the season knowing that I can play well, I can play well against the best players in the world."
Australian Open Results: Daniil Medvedev silences Nick Kyrgios
MDP Live - Daniil Medvedev scored a win to advance to the third round of the 2022 Australian Open after overcoming the host, Nick Kyrgios.
The second seed has lost to Kyrgios in their last two meetings but he turned things around with a solid performance and picked up a 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win in 2 hours 58 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.
"I came to win that match and I'm glad I did," said Medvedev.
"It was an impressive game because we both served with a lot of power. In the second and fourth sets, I managed to return the ball with a bit more in the crucial moments. I just want to play my best game, shoot great shots, and hopefully that will be enough to do great things."
Kyrgios, who was triggered to appear in front of the audience himself, hit with varying speeds to disrupt the rhythm of the 2021 US Open champion's game from the baseline area. However, the Russian found the answers to her home game, including hitting 68 winners and hitting consistently flat groundstrokes.
“Against Nick, it was a tough match. I know he can serve with a lot of power and that alone is really difficult. I feel like I put it back really well, but breaking it is really hard. But matches like that, first, second, third round of Grand Slams, it's a big challenge that if you get through it you can say, 'OK, if I can keep playing like this, I can go a long way'," explained Medvedev.
The 13-titles player reached the final of the Australian Open last season (lost to Novak Djokovic), but this season he will be looking to take it one step further and before that, he will face Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp who has made it to the final. third after his French opponent, Richard Gasquet withdrew from the match 4-6, 6-4, 4-0 over van de Zandschulp's advantage.
In other action, 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut rallied to beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 and book an Australian Open third round match against 20th seed Taylor. Fritz who overthrew compatriot, Frances Tiafoe with 6-4, 6-3, 7-6.