Medvedev finished second in a Grand Slam for the second time as he was swept away by top-ranked Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Melbourne final with the Serbian winning his 18th major title.

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Daniil Medvedev entered the top three for the first time in Monday’s ATP rankings, while fellow Russian Aslan Karatsev climbed 72 places after his shock race to the semi-finals of the Australian Open

Medvedev finished runner-up in a Grand Slam for the second time as he was swept away by Sunday’s top-ranked Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final in Melbourne, with the Serbian winning his 18th major title

Former US Open finalist Medvedev switched positions with Dominic Thiem, who slipped to fourth after being demolished by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the last 16 games

Bulgarian Dimitrov returned to the top 20, but the biggest hit was Karatsev, a qualifier who became the first Open-era man to reach a major’s semi-finals in a debut main draw

Karatsev, 27, rose from 114th to 42nd after knocking out three seeds before his dream run was finished by Djokovic in the last four

The victory bolstered Djokovic’s status as world number one, ensuring he will celebrate his 311th week there from March 8, surpassing Roger Federer’s record of 310

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February 22, 2021 7:12:37 PM IST

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Djokovic, 34, remains on track for his 18th Grand Slam trophy, nibbling on the heels of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who are on 20

After beating qualifier Aslan Karatsev, Djokovic, showing no ill effects from an abdominal injury suffered in the third round, said: “This is the best I have felt in the entire tournament I could swing the ball No pain The best game yet ”

Russian men dominated the fledgling 2021 season, winning the ATP Cup, and will provide two of the Australian Open semi-finalists after 114th-ranked Aslan Karatsev’s qualifier continued his fairytale run by beating Grigor Dimitrov Tuesday

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