Can Novak Djokovic Lose the World No.1 Spot After Cincinnati Masters 2021 Withdrawal?

Published 08/10/2021, 2:08 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – July 30, 2021 – Tokyo, Japan. Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during his third round match against Alejandro Davidovich of Spain REUTERS/Mike Segar


ATP World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently announced that he won’t be participating in the Cincinnati Masters 2021. After a disappointing showing at the Olympics for the Serbian, he made his decision in order to remain completely fit for the US Open 2021.

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Novak Djokovic is currently the Men’s No.1 player in the world with 12,113 points. He has gained the most points this year, winning all three Grand Slam titles so far. However, could he lose his No.1 spot before the US Open 2021?

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – July 30, 2021 – Tokyo, Japan. Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off after losing his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Even though Djokovic is not playing at the National Bank Open and the Cincinnati Masters 2021, he will not lose any points. This is because he has already withdrawn from the both the Masters tournaments before they started. Thus, at the start of the US Open 2021, his points tally will remain constant at 12,113.

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Daniil Medvedev is the No.2 player with 9,920 points. This means that even if he wins both the tournaments, he won’t earn enough points to dethrone Novak from the top spot. As a result, the Serbian’s ranking will remain the same even after his withdrawal from the Cincinnati Masters 2021.

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Novak Djokovic will be chasing his Calendar Slam at the US Open 2021

Nole will be chasing history when he steps on to the court at the US Open 2021. He has already won three majors this year and will be looking forward to completing his Calendar Slam in New York.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – July 30, 2021 – Tokyo, Japan. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany. REUTERS/Mike Segar

If Djokovic succeeds at the US Open 2021, he’ll become only the second male player after Rod Laver to accomplish the Calendar Slam in the Open Era. Intriguingly, he would become the first player to achieve the feat in the 21st century.

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Fans have huge expectations from Novak Djokovic. They want him to be fully fit and deliver some extraordinary performances in New York. Will he be able to end the year as the ATP World No.1 player?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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