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Amid Russia’s war against Ukraine, Daniil Medvedev becomes first Russian men’s No. 1 after 21 years and calls for ‘peace’ | Tennis News

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev says he wants to promote peace around the world after the ‘roller-coaster day’ when he was established as a world tennis champion and his country invaded Ukraine. U.S. Open champion Medvedev, who won the court in Acapulco, Mexico, hours after the loss of quarterback Novak Djokovic in Dubai means Russian will replace him at the top of the men’s rankings on Monday, said it was not easy to see. Report.

“By being a tennis player I want to promote peace all over the world,” the 26-year-old said after reaching the final of the ATP 500 tournament by defeating Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

Former US Open champion Marat Safin is Russia’s last male tennis player to become No. 1 seed. Safin ranks No. 1 for a total of 9 weeks between November 2000 and April 2001.

In the women’s tennis tournament, Maria Sharapova became world number one for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to win the Russian Open. and finished second for the fifth time in four weeks from 11 June 2012 to 8 July 2012.

“We play in a lot of different countries. I have been to many different countries as a kid and as a pro. It is not easy to hear all this news. I am for peace. ”

Medvedev’s Andrey Rublev is ranked seventh in the world, along with Ukrainian Denys Molchanov to double the title in Marseille last week. “This is surprising because I think people need to stay together and that is the most important thing,” Medvedev said, referring to the partnership between Rublev and Molchanov.

“At this point, you understand that tennis sometimes is not important,” he said, although adding that he wanted to win his match. “Of course it was not easy to play and I am happy that I managed to win the game. That’s a bit of a roller coaster day. ”

Rublev said he received some negative comments online due to the situation in Ukraine. “At these times you know my compatibility is not important. It’s not about my match, how it affects me. What is happening is even more terrifying, ”Rublev said after his victory over the United States Mackenzie McDonald at the Dubai Championships late on Thursday.

“You know how important it is (o) to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what, to be united. It is about that. We should take care of our lives and ourselves. This is the most important thing. ”

(with Reuters inputs)

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