After becoming champion of the US Open 2021 against Novak Djokovic (1st), Daniil Medvedev (2nd) is faced with the chance to achieve something that has not happened almost two decades ago: that a player outside the Big 4 (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and the aforementioned Djokovic) be number one in the world.
After Novak’s withdrawal from Indian Wells, what the Moscow-born will need to reach the top of the ranking is to be champion of said tournament, in which he will also be the best seed.
If successful, Medvedev will be at least number one in the world for a week. This, taking into account that Djokovic does not contest the ATP 500 in Vienna (October 25 to 31) in which he defends 90 points after having reached the quarterfinals in 2020.
If all these situations work out favorably for Medvedev, the Muscovite will become the first player, since February 1, 2004, outside of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray to occupy that position.. The last to achieve this had been the American Andy Roddick, who stayed for thirteen consecutive weeks.