Novak Djokovic’s record-breaking reign as world No1 comes to end after defeat

Novak Djokovic’s record-breaking reign as world No1 has come to an end following defeat to Jiri Vesely at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Djokovic spent a remarkable 25 consecutive months as the world’s best tennis player, however the Serb will be replaced by Russian star Daniil Medvedev when the updated rankings are published on Monday.

Djokovic made the trip to compete in Dubai, while Medvedev headed to the Mexican Open knowing he would take the No1 spot if he bettered his rival's performance.

He has done exactly that by reaching the semi-finals in Acapulco following victory over Yoshihito Nishioka, while Djokovic was dumped out at the last eight stage in the Middle East by Vesely.

This means regardless of the Russian’s performances in the final four, he will become world No1 next week.

Djokovic was defeated in straight sets as his Czech opponent clinched a 6-4, 7-6 victory.

Following the win Vesely spoke highly of his opponent, but said it was ‘great for tennis’ to have a new world No1 following Djokovic’s domination.

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Vesely said: “It is an amazing feeling, I never really thought I would have a chance against Novak. He is one of the greatest of all time.

“After the past 12 months, it is unbelievable. I have so many emotions inside. It is hard to describe. It is an amazing feeling.

“It is great for tennis to have someone new at World No. 1.

“Novak is such a champion, he has been No. 1 for 361 weeks, but tennis needs new world No1s and there is a new generation coming up and I think it is great.”

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Medvedev’s move to the world’s summit brings a new dawn for the sport, as he becomes the first man to claim the world No. 1 spot outside of the ‘big four’ – Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray – since 2004.

Medvedev will take on Rafael Nadal in the last four in Mexico, in a rerun of last month's gripping Australian Open final in Melbourne.

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