ATP world No 1 gallery: Three-week Daniil Medvedev and other short stints at the top
Daniil Medvedev was ATP world No 1 for just three weeks. He was pragmatic about this brief tenure at the top.
“Is it better to be No 1 for, let’s say, one week in your life or never touch it?” asked Medvedev after he was defeated by Gael Monfils at the Indian Wells Masters. “I think it’s still better to at least touch it,” he answered himself.
Who else been at the top of the ATP Rankings for brief periods?
Mats Wilander was world No 1 for 20 weeks. He clinched 33 career titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2002.
American Andy Roddick spent 13 weeks at the top of the rankings. He won 32 career titles and joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017.
Boris Becker was world No 1 for 12 weeks. He clinched 15 career titles. Becker, from Germany, joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003, having won six Grand Slam singles titles.
Marat Safin was world No 1 for nine weeks. He won 15 career titles and was the first Russian to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
John Newcombe was world No 1 for eight weeks. He won 68 career titles – 41 of which are open era titles listed by ATP. The Australian joined the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1986.
Juan Carlos Ferrero won 16 career titles. He was world No 1 for eight weeks. The Spain star was a Wimbledon quarter-finalist in 2007 and 2009.
Thomas Muster was world No 1 for six weeks. He became the first Austrian to win a Grand Slam singles title. That was the French Open in 1995.
Marcello Rios was world No 1 for six weeks. Rios was the first Latin American to reach No 1 – and holds the record as the only player to have been No 1 as a junior, professional and senior.
Yevgeny Kafelnikov was world No 1 for six weeks. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2019 after clinching 26 career titles.
Daniil Medvedev was world No 1 for three weeks. He could add to this tally. The Russian won the US Open in 2021. He lost in the Australian Open final in 2021 and 2022.
Carlos Moya was world No 1 for two weeks. He retired with 20 career titles. His French Open triumph in 1998 was his only Grand Slam success.
Pat Rafter was world No 1 for only one week. He is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
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