Daniil Medvedev was the only man who made an upward move in the newly released ATP Rankings. The Russian who got to the finals of the Australian Open moved from No.4 to No.3 in the ATP rankings. That means Dominic Thiem, the former No.3 slipped a place to No.4 in the new ATP rankings.
Thiem was quite unexpectedly knocked out in the 4th round of the tournament by Grigor Dimitrov. On the top of the tree sits the King of Melbourne park, the indomitable Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic with this Australian Open triumph, has consolidated his position further at the top of the chart. There was no other movement in the top 10. Another player who did extremely well at this year’s Australian Open was Aslan Karatsev. Karatsev was ranked 114 in the world at the start of the tournament, but his fantastic showing at the open means he is now no.42 in the world. Aslan got beaten in the semifinal stage by the champion Djokovic.
New ATP Top 10 rankings:
- Novak Djokovic
- Rafael Nadal
- Daniil Medvedev (+1)
- Dominic Thiem (-1)
- Roger Federer
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Alexander Zverev
- Andrey Rublev
- Diego Schwartzman
- Matteo Berrettini
So close yet so far for Daniil Medvedev
Medvedev was on a fantastic run of wins coming into the Australian Open final. He had won the Paris Masters, the ATP World Tour Finals, and then defeated Matteo Berrettini (Italy) in the final to win the ATP Cup with Russia. Overall he had confidence, momentum and a 20 game unbeaten streak. However, all that accounted for nothing when he came up against the lionhearted Djokovic in the finals of the Australian Open.
The way Djokovic had played up until the finals, and the way Djokovic played in the finals were two completely different players. He was almost invincible in the brand of tennis he played. The service was brilliant, the returns were inch perfect, and tactically he was outstanding.
Medvedev had played the same tennis in the pre finals stage and people had been extremely impressed with it, but in the finals that level of tennis was simply not good enough against the No.1 player in the world. In the end, Djokovic won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.