the serbian Novak Djokovic he fell to the Czech Jiri Vesely, 6-4 and 7-6(4), in the quarterfinals of the Dubai tournament and lost number one of the world that as of next Monday will hold the Russian Daniel Medvedev.
The Balkan, who played his first tournament of the season in Dubai, I needed to get a better result than Medvedev in Acapulco. Djokovic fell to the Czech in the quarterfinals, a stretch that the Russian has already reached in Mexico, where he still has aspirations.
Medvedev will become the third Russian after Yevyeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin to be number one in the world.. Djokovic remained at the top of the ranking for 361 weeks.
Novak Djokovic ran into a player on the rise who will be among the top 100 on the circuit again next week. The Czech, without illustrious successes in his career, he took the Balkan from the beginning and always maintained a high level of play which lasted until the last point.
Vesely, who already showed signs of his form in Wednesday's clash against the Spaniard Robert Baptist, began the match with a break in the Serb's serve. A statement of intent. It was not a mirage. Although Djokovic reacted and equaled two games, the 28-year-old tennis player from Pribram and now installed in 123rd place in the ranking he broke again in the seventh to stand at 4-3 and serve. He took advantage of it and closed the set. The Belgrade player lost a set for the first time so far this season.
The second kept his balance. Djokovic could not open a gap in the sleeve and it was the Czech, again, who made the break, also in the seventh. At 5-4 he served to win the match. But the Belgrade player reacted, broke Vesely's serve and equalized the set that ended in a tie break. The pulse of the Czech who prevailed in the tiebreaker did not shake to close a memorable victory and make Djokovic lose the number one in the world for the first time since January 2020.
The tennis player from the Czech Republic who only has two titles in his history, in Pune 2020 and in Auckland 2015 when he also reached the Bucharest final, He beat Djokovic again, whom he had already beaten in Monte Carlo, on clay, in 2016.
Vesely will meet in the semifinals against the winner of the clash between the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
On the other side of the painting survive Russian Andrey Rublevsecond seeded, and Hubert Hurkacz from Polandfifth.
Rublev had to come back against the American Mackenzie McDonald (2-6, 6-3 and 6-1) to achieve their seventh consecutive win and place themselves in their third semifinals of the season after Rotterdam, which lost to Felix Auger-Aliassimeand Marseille, which gave him his first title of the season and the tenth of his career.
The Russian will seek the final against the Polish Hurkacz who left the Italian Jannik Sinner out of the tournament. The tennis player from Wroclaw, eleventh in the world, intends in Dubai to raise the number of titles in his career to five. He won the transalpine in 85 minutes, whom he had already beaten in Miami last year but with whom he lost in the 2021 ATP Finals.