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Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2021

‘Change at top of ATP rankings is coming. It’s inevitable’, believes Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic said it is “inevitable” that change at the top of the men’s rankings is coming, but reiterated Grand Slams are his “biggest focus”.

The world No. 1 currently has 1,683 more ranking points than Daniil Medvedev – who edged back above Rafael Nadal into second spot this week.

The 33-year-old Serbian was speaking ahead of this week’s Italian Open in Rome – where he begins his campaign against Taylor Fritz today.

“There are guys like (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Alexander) Zverev, (Matteo) Berrettini, (Andrey) Rublev that are winning against all of us and playing a lot and building their ranking points,” Djokovic said in a pre-tournament interview.

“Medvedev as well, of course, and challenging for the top spots. Dominic Thiem has been there for many years.

“It’s inevitable that it’s going to happen. The change on the men’s rankings, top of the rankings is coming. Whether it’s going to happen in a month or a year or whatever, I don’t know.

“I’m not personally paying too much attention anymore to the rankings as much as I am to my game for the Grand Slams. Those are the biggest focus tournaments right now at this stage of my career.”

As well as Medvedev – Thiem, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Rublev and Berrettini all occupy spots in the top 10 of the ATP rankings.


Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2021
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