Novak Djokovic will ascend to the top of the rankings again after Daniil Medvedev lost at Indian Wells
Dethroned: Daniil Medvedev will lose the world no.1 spot. © TPN / Getty Images
Daniil Medvedev will lose his position at the top of the ATP rankings after the Russian suffered a shock third-round defeat to Gael Monfils at the Indian Wells Masters.
Top seed Medvedev went down 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 in California on Monday, meaning Novak Djokovic will recapture the world number one spot when the ratings are updated at the start of next week.
The Serb returns to the top of the pile despite not appearing at the two Masters 1000 events in the US this month because of restrictions against players who are unvaccinated.
Medvedev, 26, had started smoothly enough against Monfils, picking up a break in the ninth game of the first set and looking relatively untroubled.
But the momentum shifted in the second set as the Russian was unable to convert a host of break point opportunities.
The pair exchanged breaks of serve before Monfils broke again in game eight, then clinching the set in a game which involved an audacious underarm serve.
The 35-year-old appeared weary but Medvedev wilted even more badly, obliterating his racket in frustration after being broken in the first game of the decisive set.
The Russian dropped games on his serve on two further occasions without orchestrating a single break point of his own.
Monfils, who now boasts a 2-1 record overall against Medvedev, marches on to meet Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in the fourth round.