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Russia’s Daniil Medvedev becomes first man outside ‘Big Four’ to break into world’s top 2 since 2005

Russian star Daniil Medvedev will become the first new name in more than 15 years to break into the rankings among the world’s top two players when the ATP ratings are updated later this month.

The ATP confirmed on Saturday that Medvedev, 25, would rise one place to number two on March 15.

That means Medvedev will become the first player outside of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray to be among the world’s top pair since July of 2005.

Medvedev achieves the feat despite suffering a shock defeat in the first round of the Rotterdam Open earlier this month, when he went out to Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic.

If Medvedev had reached the final in Rotterdam, he would have been guaranteed to overtake Nadal as number two, behind Djokovic.

However, the ATP confirmed on Saturday that the Russian is still now assured of that spot despite his early exit in the Netherlands.  

The news came as the draw was made for the Open 13 Provence trophy in Marseille, where top seed Medvedev will play Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the first round.

Current number two Nadal was forced out of an ATP tournament in Acapulco, Mexico, later this month due to a back injury. 

Medvedev has enjoyed some remarkable form in recent months. Prior to his loss to Lajovic, the big Russian had suffered just one other defeat in his past 21 matches – going down to Djokovic in straight sets in the final of the Australian Open in February.
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There was also further joy for Russian tennis on Saturday as world number eight Andrey Rublev beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the final in Rotterdam.

Rublev, 23, will meet either Borna Coric of Croatia or Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in Sunday’s final.  

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Lady Gaga's dog walker details ‘very close call to death’ in first post since shooting

Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fischer has taken to Instagram to share two pictures of himself from his hospital bed as he revealed he is still in recovery after being shot in the chest four days ago. As part of his lengthy post, he said his life had taken a “sudden turn” as he detailed what happened. Ryan was shot by thieves who demanded he hand over the singer’s three dogs Koji, Gustav and Asia during a walk.
He explained in an Instagram post today: “4 days ago, while a car sped away and blood poured from my gun shot wound, an angel trotted over and laid next to me.

“My panicked screams calmed as I looked at her, even though it registered that the blood pooling around her tiny body was my own.

“I cradled Asia as best I could, thanked her for all the incredible adventures we’d been on together, apologized that I couldn’t defend her brothers, and then resolved that I would still try to save them… and myself.”

He added: “Hopeful that my calm(ish) and forceful pleas for the urgency of my care as well as the focused descriptions of the dogs would be enough to help me and get enough police and media attention to find the boys.

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“I looked backed at my guardian angel. I smiled at her shaking form, thankful that at least she would be okay.”

“From that point, right as the neighbours poured from their homes and restaurant to us on the sidewalk, life has taken a very sudden and unexpected turn,” he added.

Ryan went on to say he was still recovering from what was a “very close call to death”.

He added he will be sharing further details about the incident at a later date.

The woman who brought in the dogs isn’t believed to be involved with the attack.

Police are still investigating the case and the culprits are yet to be caught.

Ryan added: “A lot of healing still needs to happen, but I look forward to the future and the moment when I get bombarded with kisses and licks (and maybe even an excitement pee?) from Asia, Koji, and Gustav.”

Lady Gaga branded her dog walker a “hero” in a post on Saturday night.

She wrote: “My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago.

“My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness. I will pay $ 500,000 for their safe return.

“Email [email protected] to contact us. Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same.

“I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You’re forever a hero.”