Shock loss costs Medvedev number one rank
Djokovic is expected to return to the top of the world rankings when they are updated
Daniil Medvedev lost his world number one ranking after being defeated by Gael Monfils 4-6 6-3 6-1 in the third round of Indian Wells on Monday, while Rafa Nadal beat Britain's Daniel Evans 7-5 6-3 to stay unbeaten in 2022.
Monfils let out a roar as he secured the upset on the sixth match point in front of an adoring California crowd with a backhand winner to set up a meeting with Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round.
"I'm quite happy right now - I'm in my zone," Monfils said. "I moved quite good and then I changed the speed quite a lot."
#SportsNews | Russian tennis star #DaniilMedvedev's reign as world number 1 lasted just 3 weeks after suffering a shock third-round defeat to Frenchman #GaelMonfils at the #IndianWellsMastershttps://t.co/p5xkL2ajUH#Tennis @BNPPARIBASOPEN #BNPPO22 #ATPRankings #NovakDjokovic— Outlook Magazine (@Outlookindia) March 15, 2022
The Frenchman handed Medvedev the break in the ninth game of the first set with a pair of double faults and two forehand errors, as the reigning U.S. Open champion dropped just four points on his serve in the opener.
But Medvedev lost the momentum in the second set, unable to convert on five of six break point opportunities.
Monfils broke him in the fourth game with a backhand winner and again in the eighth with a fiery forehand.
Overcoming obvious exhaustion, Monfils won the first four games of the final set as Medvedev was unable to set up a single break point opportunity.
It was the first time in 13 years that the 35-year-old Monfils beat the number-one ranked player in the world.
Twenty-times Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic is expected to return to the top of the world rankings when they are updated.
No. 26 seed @Gael_Monfils upsets World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev 4-6 6-3 6-1 in @BNPParibasOpen 3R.— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) March 14, 2022
Monfils improves to 2-1 vs. Medvedev and 2-18 vs. players ranked No. 1 (d. @RafaelNadal in 2009 Doha QF).@DjokerNole will return to No. 1 in #ATP Rankings on 21 March. #IndianWells